BA Environmental Archaeology

  • Environmental Archaeology

The BA in Environmental Archaeology offers fascinating insights and glimpses into the landscapes, habitats and climates from the very distant past, from as much as half a million years ago.

The course will explore both bio-archaeological and geo-archaeological data and evidence to construct a picture of ancient environments, climates and landscapes,  and explore how these landscapes and climates have changed, and why, thus helping to gain a little more insight into more contemporary questions surrounding environmental change.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 0BW3
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Archaeology, History and Anthropology
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The programme introduced here, the BA in Environmental Archaeology, allows students to study a full range of issues, case studies and methodologies in the field of environmental archaeology. 

The programme is made possible by the advantage Lampeter has with its existing infrastructure for studying environmental archaeology, with its on-site access to the archaeology laboratories, equipped with a range of necessary ‘kit’ (microscopes, fume cupboard etc). This will enable students on the programmes to undertake experimentation on soil and pollen analysis, tree-ring dating, bone analysis and coastal/estuarine analysis.

The programme draws upon the research and publication specialisation in Environmental archaeology within our existing staff, as well as expertise within the School of Natural and Built Environment. Several of our tutors are internationally recognised experts and leading researchers in their particular field.

The Environmental Archaeology degree scheme is also aimed at offering students a more vocationally-oriented spread of routes and opportunities, equipping them with the practical skills and knowledge for the workplace as well as meeting the requirements of employers, professional bodies and commercial bodies.

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Fieldwork
  • Introducing Archaeology
  • Human Evolution: Hunter Gatherers
  • Palaeoenvironmental Archaeology
  • Introduction to Laboratory Techniques
  • Heritage and the Heritage Industries
  • Heritage Tourism
  • Pharaohs, Phoenicians and Peoples of the Sea
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Museums, Representation and Identity
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Post-Excavation Analysis
  • Advanced Archaeological Analysis

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Learning with experts in the field
  • Strong vocational slant to the programme
  • Access to Laboratories
  • Various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, sites for marine and estuarial analysis, local heritage centres, museums and castles.

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, laboratory reports, 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 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.

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Environmental services
  • Tourism
  • Museum and archive
  • Heritage sector and heritage management
  • Local government archaeology
  • Administration

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

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Environmental 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.