Undergraduate courses


Liberal Arts

The department also contributes to the following multidisciplinary courses:

At Bristol, our courses introduce you to the history, theories and practice of anthropology and archaeology, delivered by a friendly academic community at the forefront of their fields of research.

Our courses will equip you with the ability to handle complex data sets and concepts, and to interpret material and literary evidence confidently. There is plenty of opportunity to put theoretical knowledge and skills into practice via field work and practical projects, with each degree providing a different focus on our discipline.

What can I do with an anthropology or archaeology and anthropology degree?

From politics to research to broadcasting, degrees in anthropology or archaeology and anthropology give you clear and direct preparation for a number of professional careers. Find out more about careers for anthropology and archaeology graduates.

Our student experiences: field trips

All of our first-year students attend an annual field trip to Glastonbury during TB1. Watch some of our former students study contemporary ritual practice in Glastonbury's ancient landscape, in this student-made video:

Students on the Archaeology and Anthropology (BA) undertake six weeks of compulsory field training. This currently takes place at the Lower Hazel building complex, as part of the Hazel Anarchy Research Project. It is an inclusive field training that provides students with practical experience on excavation and post excavation methods, surveying and geophysics techniques and heritage and community research skill.

Our International Field School also takes place at Lower Hazel. This takes place in July of each year and offers up to 10 Semester Credits or 18 ECTS. Our excavation and recording course provides a solid grounding in anthropological and archaeological theory and practice. We also offer an advance Trainee Supervisor scheme that provides a higher tier of training for more experienced students.

The four-field approach Bristol takes to anthropology has meant that there is so much choice when it comes to content, allowing me to choose modules that expand on my existing interests while also discovering new ones.

Maisie (Anthropology BA, 2020)

Why study Anthropology and Archaeology at Bristol?

Find out why Bristol is the right place to study Anthropology and Archaeology.

Anthropology and Archaeology society

There is an active, student-led Archaeology and Anthropology Society that organises social events, lectures and other extracurricular activities for undergraduates.

International field school

The Archaeology Field Summer School is a two-week course primarily for international students, which provides a unique opportunity to excavate a recently discovered site from the Medieval Anarchy period.

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