BA Archaeology with Heritage Management
Archaeology and Heritage Management is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of archaeology, with its focus on the human past (its settlements, rituals, burials, holy sites and habitations), with various aspects of the Heritage sector and Heritage Industry, be that museums, management or heritage tourism.
The major part of the programme, Archaeology, is based on the cusp of the Cambrian mountains and thus enjoys being part of one of the most beautiful University campus locations in the UK. The surrounding landscape, coastline and environment is also of a uniquely historic and archaeological character which the School is able to utilise in its teaching and research. This makes for a programme of study that is highly practical, with plenty of on-site activity, that is rooted in an exploration of regional examples and developments, and yet is global in its points of reference. Archaeology is the study of the human past through an examination of physical remains such as stone tools, pottery and bones, through to buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes.
It attempts to reveal how both contemporary societies and past societies are organised, how humanity interacts with the environments and landscapes, and how ideas about the world are visible in the objects people have created. To be able to understand the past in any depth, engagement with theoretical and ethical issues is needed. This means we explore issues such as heritage, representation, land use, technology, environmental change, death, beliefs and the evolution of the human body, mind and ideas with a view to broadening and widening knowledge of how humanity has arrived at the position it is in now.
The minor part of the programme introduces students to ideas and issues surrounding the field of Heritage Management and amounts to 40 credits or two modules per year. This part of the programme is specifically designed to enhance a student’s knowledge of Heritage in its broadest sense and to provide an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries more generally.
Running through all the modules is a clear emphasis on enhancing the employability potential of our students, notably through a work placement, and for those who wish, the opportunity to do a practice-based, work-related dissertation.
Typical modules include:
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Heritage Data Management
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Excavation and Fieldwork
- Post-Excavation and Analysis
- Death and Burial
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- Bronze Age Societies
- Human Evolution
- Advanced Environmental Techniques
- Humans and their Environments in Prehistoric Europe
- Origins and Innovations
- Medieval Castles in Context
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals
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, exhibitions, projects work, advertising materials, data analysis, 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, video conference 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 on 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:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
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 Heritage Management 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.