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BSc (Hons) Archaeology

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  • UCAS Code:
    F400
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Evidence shows there’s been a huge surge in demand for archaeologists in the UK following a sharp rise in infrastructure projects, so there’s never been a better time to study this degree at BU. 

You can take the degree as either a BA Archaeology or BSc according to whether you prefer an arts-based or scientific route. All students study the same first year so it’s easy to transfer from one to the other. Themes in Archaeology & Anthropology, and Societies of Prehistoric Europe, are both key highlights of the curriculum, among many others. There’s a combination of academic study and practical experience in place, producing highly skilled practitioners experienced in all forms of landscape survey, remote sensing, excavation and recording. 

You’ll learn through expert-led lectures, seminars and a range of exciting and relevant fieldwork opportunities all over the UK. As well as a five or 30-week work placement, you will attend an archaeological field school at the end of your first year. Participation in BU’s renowned field school – the Durotriges Big Dig – allows you to gain a wide range of practical skills.

You may also have the opportunity to take part in other excavations organised by our active team of archaeologists, such as the excavations in the Cotswolds that uncovered a 6,000-year-old prehistoric burial monument. You could also work with commercial archaeologists to gain essential transferable skills recognised by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists.

This course received an impressive 100% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), so why not book on to an Open Day to come and meet us, or join us on live chat now to find out more?

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

6.5 (Academic) (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams.  As an indication, 72% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Download the programme specification (pdf 2.5mb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

A placement plays a vital role in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. You can even take your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally, and to gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit students with:

  • An understanding of what archaeology is
  • Enthusiasm for the study of the human past
  • An interest in the application of science
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Volunteer work or experience in archaeology (whilst not essential, this is a desirable attribute).

Entry requirements

Careers

Our Archaeology degrees teach you the skills you need to work in the field, as well as a host of transferable skills that you can apply to a variety of roles in other sectors. Many of our graduates go on to work for organisations related to archaeology and historical preservation, with 75% being in a professional or managerial position six months after finishing thier course.

According to a recent report by Historic England, 3,000 people are currently employed in commercial archaeology in England, but this will need to grow by a minimum of 25% over the next six years to meet demand.

PAST Passport scheme

The Professional Archaeological Skills and Training (PAST) Passport scheme has been designed by our in-house commercial archaeology unit, BUARC, to train students in the necessary excavation, survey and recording skills required by employers in professional field archaeology.

Your fieldwork training will start at the end of your first year on the Big Dig. You will gain new skills throughout your degree. At the end of your third year you will be offered the opportunity to work alongside our in-house consultancy and undertake a bespoke fieldwork training programme. 

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the archaeology and anthropology sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Course changes

What our students say

Amber Williams

Real-world experience has been one of the best things about BU with placements, the Big Dig and access to BU's amazing collection of fossils and artefacts.

What our staff say

Dr Miles Russell

In the last three years our students have uncovered a Roman villa and a prehistoric town. This combination is one of the most significant archaeological finds of recent times.

What our graduates think

Edwin Pearson

I was given the opportunity to work on the historic excavation of Stonehenge, an experience I could have only dreamed of while filling in my BU application!