BA Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Archeology and Anthropology

This degree in Archaeology & Anthropology encompasses the comparative study of people, culture and society in both the past and in the present.

Archaeology and Anthropology have previously been taught separately at British universities, however, recent developments in theory and method make this division look increasingly restrictive: Archaeology is progressively more interested in ideas about society, whilst anthropology today looks at the past as comfortably as it has looked at the present.

This degree scheme offers an exciting opportunity to take part in this convergence between the two disciplines by offering specialised courses devoted to exploring the synergies between them.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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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.

Anthropology explores the fundamentals of what it means to be human. It takes the whole world as its point of interest and brings one face to face with the eye-opening variety of human behaviours both in the present and from the past.

Anthropologists examine the daily and mundane, the rare and ‘exotic’, and the local alongside the global to help address the pressing social issues our world faces nowadays. Doing a degree in anthropology forces you to question ideas and assumptions about right and wrong, good and bad by giving ethically sophisticated consideration to the sustainability of human practices. This makes anthropology the most dynamic, challenging and rewarding discipline one can study in the humanities.

  • Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
  • Interactions with the Environments
  • Human Evolution: Hunter Gatherers Past and Present Perspectives
  • Theory, Methods and Practice: Critical Perspectives
  • Peoples Worlds: Lives and Livelihoods
  • Political and Economic Anthropology
  • Kinship and Gender
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Origins and Innovations
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Body, culture and society
  • Living Ancestors and Talking Trees: Indigenous Religions
  • Lecturers have geographically wide fieldwork experience
  • Opportunity to develop independent research projects
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Includes teaching in small seminar groups with student presentations
  • Taught by lecturers with wide research interests and professional expertise

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.

  • Tourism industry
  • Museum/Gallery exhibition officer
  • Human Rights, policy, campaigning, research
  • Race relations, social/youth work or researcher
  • Government and commercial management
  • Teaching, education officer
  • Voluntary work
  • Research and postgraduate opportunities
  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive work

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

International Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

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, professional archaeology, law, banking, local politics, marketing and advertising, community/social work, teaching, communication, business, tourism, caring professions