Archaeology and Anthropology

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Since the mid-19th century, Archaeology and Anthropology (both social and biological) have evolved and developed in association as disciplines that aim to comprehend what it is to be human.

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains such as buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and the landscape we inhabit today. Anthropology is traditionally divided in the UK into Social Anthropology, which examines how people in different places create meaning and build communities, and Biological Anthropology, which explores the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human societies.

The BA(Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology programme offers a unique perspective on the human present and past in a broad geographic and temporal context, providing you with an understanding of how the human species evolved, how human societies came into being and changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human social and biological diversity today. A special feature of this programme is that all three disciplines – Archaeology, Social and Biological Anthropology – are closely integrated over the three years, allowing you to explore global human diversity, in time and space, in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.

The programme explores how humans engage, and their ancestors engaged, with their world, both physical and social. It teaches the methods, approaches and techniques used to find out about and understand human societies: from archaeological prospection and excavation, to the anthropological and archaeological analyses of artefacts and human and animal remains, survey and ethnographic fieldwork techniques, statistical analysis of social data, and the exploration and application of a broad range of philosophical ideas. These approaches involve a wide range of techniques and critical thinking skills, combining aspects of both sciences and humanities, which provide insight into human worlds both contemporary and ancient, and often greatly different from that of the 21st-century West.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 14660 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

The programme is normally studied over three years full-time, but may also be taken on a part-time basis for a period of not less than four and not more than eight academic years. Study is undertaken in three parts (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). There are 30 study weeks in each year.

The programme is divided into courses (modules), eight being taken at each level. Usually four courses are taken in each semester but a 3/5 split is possible if agreed between a student and their tutor. Single modules have a credit value of 15, while double modules have a value of 30. Each part has a total credit value of 120.

The expected exit award is a BA, and to achieve this you must gain 360 credits. If you complete 120 credits in Part 1, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education, and if you complete 240 credits in Parts 1 and 2 you will be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education.

Year 1

In addition students must complete 3 weeks fieldwork training on an approved field project. This will normally be undertaken in the summer between Parts 1 and 2.

  • This is an indicative timetable: not all optional modules will be available each year, and the semester in which modules are taught may vary.

  • You may choose to substitute up to TWO of the non-compulsory courses for selected alternate courses of equivalent value from across the university:

  • Semester One


    • ARCH1057 The development of archaeological and anthropological thought


    • ARCH1001 Human Origins

    • ARCH1047 Artefacts, materials and archaeological science

    • ARCH1062 Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects

    • SOCI1001 Understanding Everyday Life

    Semester Two


    • ANTH1001 Exploring Other Cultures


    • ARCH1005 Archaeological methods for fieldwork and analysis

    • ARCH1030 Foundations of the modern world: classical and medieval archaeology

    • ARCH1002 The emergence of civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others

    • ARCH1028 Landscapes and seascapes of Britain's past

    • SOCI1002 Transformations of the Modern World

    • SOCI1014 Foundations in Social and Anthropological Theory: Traditions of Thought and Argument

    • STAT1003 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

    Year 2

    Semester One


    • ARCH2028 Advanced methods of archaeological analysis

    • ARCH2037 Archaeological Fieldwork


    Relevant CIP modules may also be taken as options (e.g. UOSM 2030 Body and Society; UOSM2014 Piracy, Security and Maritime Space; UOSM2005 Living with Environmental Change; UOSM2009 Ethics in a Complex World) 1. This is an indicative timetable and the semester in which courses are taught may vary. 2. Students may also choose to substitute up to TWO of the non-compulsory modules for selected alternate modules of equivalent value from across the university. 3. Not all option courses will necessarily be available in any given year

    • ARCH2005 The Social Lives of Objects

    • ARCH2011 Later Anglo-Saxon England

    • ARCH2017 Maritime Archaeology

    • ARCH2027 Bones, bodies, and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy

    • ARCH2029 Digging into data: quantitative analysis for archaeology

    • ARCH2036 Critical Chronologies: Issues and debates in archaeological dating

    • ANTH2002 Culture, Communication & Cognition

    • SOCI2031 Social Theory

    • STAT2009 Research Methods in the Social Sciences

    • SOCI2017 Class Structure and Social Inequality

    Semester Two


    • ARCH2012 Archaeology and Society

    • ARCH2013 Approaching the past: trends in archaeological theory


    • ARCH2001 The Archaeology of the Social Brain

    • ARCH2003 Power of Rome: Europe's First Empire

    • ARCH2024 Archaeological survey for landscapes and monuments

    • ARCH2033 Pots and People: Ceramic Analysis in Archaeology

    • ARCH2034 Impact and Invention: Knapped stone technology in its social context

    • SOCI2008 Race and Ethnicity in Society

    • SOCI2003 Gender and Society

    Year 3

    Students must choose either ARCH3025 OR SOCI3033.

  • This is an indicative timetable and the semester in which courses are taught may vary.

  • Students may also choose to substitute up to TWO of the non-compulsory courses for selected alternate modules of equivalent value from across the university.

  • Not all modules will be available in any given year

  • Semester One


    • ARCH3025 Dissertation

    • SOCI3033 Dissertation

    • ARCH3005 Critical approaches to the European Bronze Age

    • ARCH3017 Presenting the past: Museums and Heritage

    • ARCH3028 Living with the Romans and exploring their towns and cities

    • ARCH3034 Archaeology of Seafaring

    • ARCH3038 Pottery under the Microscope: Ceramic and Lithic Petrology

    • ARCH3039 More than Pyramids & Pharaohs? Ancient Egypt in Context

    • ANTH3002 Sexuality and Intimacy

    • SOCI3001 Comparative Sociology

    • SOCI3076 Successful Societies

    Semester Two


    • ARCH3025 Dissertation

    • SOCI3019 Dissertation

    • ARCH3008 Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain

    • ARCH3011 Iron Age Societies

    • ARCH3014 Seeing beneath the soil: geophysical survey for archaeology

    • ARCH3019 The Anthropology and Archaeology of Eating and Drinking

    • ARCH3033 Computational approaches to archaeological research

    • ARCH3036 Molecular Archaeology

    • ANTH3003 Anthropology, Film, and Representations of the 'Other'

    • ANTH3007 Human Emotions: Social and Cultural Dimensions

    • SOCI3073 Cyberlives: New Technologies and Social Change

    • SOCI3079 Focusing on Families

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5.5

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test.


    A Levels:

    AAB to BBB from three A levels. Successful applicants offering the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive an alternative offer reduced by one grade if they achieve an A in the EPQ.


    34 to 30 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher level.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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