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BA Archaeology and Anthropology (VL46)

Course overview

BA Archaeology and Anthropology (VL46)

Typical offer

A-level standard offer: AAB

A-level contextual offer: BBB

See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.

Course duration

3 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: UCAS


£9,250 per year, home students

£23,900 per year, international students

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Clifton campus

An ability to understand the diversity of human culture, behaviour and experience across space and time is critical to tackling the key challenges of our contemporary world.

Our BA Archaeology and Anthropology course offers an exciting, interdisciplinary perspective on what it means to be human, employing archaeology and social, biological, and linguistic anthropology. In this degree, we address issues of migration, sustainable development, and heritage, cultural and technological change.

Our course will provide you with practical and professional skills designed to enhance your employability through activities such as the analysis of big data on contemporary population health, the investigation of archaeological material, and the presentation of cultural heritage to the public.

Our programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

This course is accredited by the following organisations

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Accreditation by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), working in partnership with University Archaeology UK (UAUK), recognises academic programmes which provide students with appropriate workplace skills relevant to both a career in the historic environment and CIfA membership at Practitioner grade. (www.archaeologists.net/Accredited_Degrees)

Course structure

Year one introduces the fundamental theories of archaeology and anthropology. You will take units that introduce you to the disciplines of archaeology and material culture studies as well as social, linguistic and biological anthropology. You will take part in our own departmental training excavation, developing a wide range of practical skills, from excavation to community engagement.

Years two and three allow greater specialisation in skills, regional foci and current debates, alongside further fieldwork. You will become familiar with the range of research methods and theoretical frameworks and the sorts of questions archaeologists and anthropologists ask.

A wide variety of optional units exploring different themes, periods and approaches are available in your second and third years.

The third year provides an opportunity to pursue a specialist area of interest working closely with a member of staff to write a dissertation on an original topic of your choice. There is an option to complete a work placement with an external partner such as a museum, commercial archaeological unit or national heritage organisation.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

No specific subjects required.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

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