BA Medieval Studies and Archaeology
A Joint Honours programme in Medieval Studies and Archaeology offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two of their favourite humanities subjects. Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting from a large range of topics covering both subject areas.
The Medieval studies part of the programme can offer a range of modules which cover broad sweeps of time (Medieval Europe, 1066-1452, the Medieval Castle in Context:) allowing students to consider how societies alter and change, the long term impact of war, economic upheaval and political radicalism, and the rise and fall of great powers. In addition the programme offers modules based upon depth, drilling down into events and moments of seminal change (the Wars of the Roses, Chaucer’s comic tales, the Cistercians). This combination of breadth and depth provides students with an extensive knowledge of the past. Around this core of subject knowledge we root our teaching in documentary source materials, field trips, visits to archives and record offices, in addition to the tutor’s own research experiences. This all provides for a fully rounded programme of study which grounds students in the requisite methodologies and practices of the discipline of history.
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. Many modules include a field trip to local sites or historic features of the landscape: we also do a graveyard survey and an annual excavation at the spectacular Cistercian monastery a few miles north of the campus in the Cambrian Mountains.
- The Middle Ages
- Medieval Europe: from Charlemagne to the hundred years War
- Medieval Castles in context
- Knights and Castles
- Medieval Documentary Source materials
- Wars of the Roses
- Medieval Monasticism: the Cistercians
- Anglo-Saxon Heroic Literature
- Chaucer’s comic tales
- Excavation and fieldwork of a Medieval Abbey
- Excavation and Fieldwork
- Nautical Archaeology
- Post-Excavation and Analysis
- Advanced Archaeological Analysis
- Forensic Archaeology
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- Bronze Age Societies
- Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
- Bio-Archaeology of Crime
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Human Evolution
- Advanced Palaeo-environmental
- Exhibiting Egypt
- Battlefield Archaeology
- Land, Sea and Sky-scapes
- Humans and their Environments in Prehistoric Europe
- Medieval Castles in Context
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to take part in a three week archaeological dig on a ruined Medieval Abbey
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in historical research methods
- Work with original medieval manuscripts
- Work in the University’s own museum and special collections
- Annual excavation and fieldwork
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits to archives and record offices
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1000 to 4000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wiki’s, commentaries and film evaluations.
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.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.
- Teaching/ education officer
- Local Government, community, local politics
- Law and advocacy
- Social work
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism)
- Postgraduate research
- General administrative and management posts; civil service
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
There is an optional two-day residential for our students studying degree combinations which include Medieval Studies and/or History. It is the annual student-led Conference in Gregynog, where students can visit local historical sites of interest and attend themed guest lectures from visiting academics. This residential costs £110.