BA Archaeology with Forensic Studies
The programme Archaeology with Forensic studies is designed for Archaeologists with an interest in the application of forensic methods and approaches to unlocking the secrets of the human past.
The programme introduced here, the BA in Archaeology with Forensic studies, is a highly innovative, cutting-edge programme of study that brings students face-to-face with recent developments and discoveries in this new and exciting area of study. Archaeology with Forensic studies explores a range of forensic methodologies, practices and processes for unlocking the secrets of the past, often by using the present. Students engage in three key areas, that of the evidential record often using archaeological methodologies, the study of crime scenes and that of human behaviour.
The specialisation in Archaeology with Forensic Studies centres on our own hi-tech laboratories, including a bone and soil analysis laboratory, with their capacity for chemical, soil and pollen analysis, and for wood dating, and our existing staff expertise with their well established and ongoing links with Dyfed-Powys Police.
Students will be introduced to a full range of forensic techniques of use to the Archaeologist that will include new and exciting areas of investigation such as criminal forensics, the forensics of anthropology, forensic psychology and forensics of the Classical Age.
Archaeology with Forensic Studies draws heavily on the existing infrastructure and technical capacity of UWLAS – University of Wales Archaeological Services – attached to the School. UWLAS offers a range of archaeological services that include Dendrochronology, Estuarine, coastal and shallow marine environments, Geoarchaeology, Human bone analysis, Nautical - underwater archaeology, Plant macrofossils, Quaternary stratigraphy, sediment analysis and other palaeoenvironmental analysis.
The knowledge, expertise and research derived from UWLAS work will feed into this programme to make it a rich and rewarding learning experience.
Typical modules include:
- Bioarchaeology and Forensics
- Forensic Approaches to the Investigation of Crime Scenes
- Palaeoenvironmental Archaeology
- Introduction to Laboratory Techniques
- Excavation and Fieldwork
- Post-Excavation and Analysis
- Advanced Archaeological Analysis
- Battlefield Archaeology
- Psychology and Culture
- To Love Honour and Obey: An Introduction to Behavioural Studies
- Seeing is Believing: Cognition, Behaviour and Brain
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Training in research methods, analytical techniques and quantitative methodologies
- Access to hi-tech laboratories
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to relevant sites, National botanic gardens. laboratories, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales and Castles
The course draws upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis and laboratory reports, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations.
In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as seeking help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.
To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information.
The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:
- Environmental services
- Museum and archive
- Heritage sector and heritage management
- Teaching and education
- Science-related and laboratory work
- Local government archaeology
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Archaeology with Forensic Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.