BA Heritage Studies with Nautical Archaeology

  • Heritage Studies with Nautical Archaeology

The programme offers students the chance to study various aspects of Heritage, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management or tourism, alongside a specialism in Nautical archaeology, with a particular focus upon the Newport Ship project.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 3B5N
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time; part-time study available

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The programme combines an exploration 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 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 cultural industries.

This general understanding of Heritage and the Heritage sector will then be combined with two modules in the area of specialisation, namely Nautical Archaeology. The pathway in Nautical  Archaeology draws upon a particular strength within the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology in the field of Nautical Archaeology. Students will gain knowledge about the heritage surrounding the sea, the conservation of materials, the computerisation of structures and residues, the processes of acquisition and preservation, and then the knotty questions surrounding display and public access. Particular focus during this pathway will be on the Newport Ship project, a medieval ship excavated in Newport and now on public display.

The programme therefore offers a unique combination of the general and the particular; an awareness of wider Heritage issues and concerns, alongside a more concentrated focus upon different aspects of it. This mix will equip students with an attractive and appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector.

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Building & Architectural History
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • 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
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and Cathedrals.
  • Quentin Drew
  • Dr Nigel Nayling

Assessment methods for the course draw 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, 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 also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting 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.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas and roles:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officer
  • Local government officer
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

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

Joint Routes available

Joint honours students will study three Heritage modules at each level of study, choosing from the compulsory modules for that level. In addition they will choose three further modules from their other Humanities subject, again choosing from those on offer at that level of study.

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Heritage Studies with Nautical Archaeology 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.