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Archaeology of Egypt, Aegean and the Near East (BA)

As a student of this degree, you will have the opportunity to specialise in the archaeology of ancient Egypt, the Eastern Mediterranean and the ancient Near East by engaging with a wide range of different archaeological remains, sites and evidence.

Case studies range from the 4th millennium BC to the end of antiquity with a particular focus on the Bronze Age.


Pathway Options and How to Apply

UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Archaeology of Egypt, Aegean & the Near East (BA)
UCAS Code: AE01

Archaeology (BA)
UCAS Code: V400
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Archaeology & History (BA)
UCAS Code: VV14
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Archaeology & Medieval Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: VV41
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Archaeology with Education Studies (BA)
UCAS Code: V401

Archaeology with Foundation Year (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Archaeology (BA)
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Archaeology with Ancient Egyptian Culture (BA)
UCAS Code: 09C3
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Archaeology & Anthropology (BA)
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Ancient & Medieval History (BA)
UCAS Code: V115
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£13,500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
  • Training in research methods
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries
  • Local and international field trips, as well as study abroad opportunities with our partners at Bologna (Italy), Tarragona (Spain) and Hobart and William Smith (USA)
  • Innovative teaching methods

What you will learn

Course Overview

The BA in the Archaeology of Egypt, Aegean and the Near East allows students to immerse themselves in a range of topics covering different aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, the ancient Aegean and the Near Eastern Archaeology. While the case studies cover a timeframe ranging from the 4th millennium BC to late antiquity, stress is given to mainly the Bronze Age as well as the early Iron Age. The contemporary relevance of these studies will be highlighted in discussions on heritage and reception aspects.

This programme brings together staff expertise and research strengths to offer students a very broad yet specific and methodologically informed understanding of many viewpoints relevant to these disciplines and areas. Focus is given to material culture studies, research on ancient funerary beliefs and management of the dead, ancient religions and sacred landscapes and anthropology of the past as applied to ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean world in its broadest sense. Students will also embrace the past through texts by learning hieroglyphs. Fieldtrips and the opportunity to train in excavation techniques are also part of this programme.

Module Topics

Students get the opportunity to specialise in the archaeology of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East, with a particular focus on the period from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire, and with reference to a range of different archaeological remains, sites and evidence.


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, exhibitions and displays, article reviews, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and seen and unseen tests.

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.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

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.

Career Opportunities

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. 

Specifically, the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas: 

  • Administration
  • Business and commerce
  • Business and Commerce
  • Further Study
  • Heritage sector and heritage management
  • Library and Information Services
  • Local government
  • Local government archaeology
  • Media and Publishing
  • Museum and archive
  • Online publishing
  • Teaching
  • Teaching and education
  • Tour guides
  • Tourism and tourism management
  • Volunteer work
Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
The Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where a student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

BA Ancient History
UCAS Code: V110

BA Archaeology 
UCAS Code: V400

BA Classical Civilisation
UCAS Code: Q820

BA History
UCAS Code: V100

BA Medieval Studies
UCAS Code: V130

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