BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies
Archaeology and Heritage studies 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, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism.
The programme Archaeology and Heritage Studies, will offer students study in one of the most active, varied and research intensive academic Schools within the University. This programme of study is highly practical one, 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 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. Many modules include a field trip to local sites or historic features of the landscape: we also do a graveyard survey for the less-squeamish.
Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries
- Heritage and the Heritage Industry
- Heritage Marketing
- Heritage Tourism
- heritage Management
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Excavation and Fieldwork
- Post-Excavation and Analysis
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- Origins and Innovations
- Nautical Archaeology
- Community Placement
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
- Medieval Manuscripts
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Close relationships with experts in the sector
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- various opportunities for field trips and fieldwork
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals.
The course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, 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 on written work such as 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 assist 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.
More 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 and Heritage 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.