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Archaeology (BA)

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Archaeology at UWTSD Lampeter is one of the most dynamic, high profile, and research-intensive programmes.

Located in a beautiful landscape, Lampeter and the surrounding areas have a uniquely historic and archaeological character which students in this discipline get to enjoy.

We offer many opportunities for practical, on-site activity which is rooted in an exploration of this historic region, while also being global in our outlook.


UCAS Codes & Joint Honours Options

Archaeology (BA)
UCAS Code: V400
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Archaeology & Anthropology (BA) 
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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 Foundation Year (BA)
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Classical Civilisation & Archaeology (BA)
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Archaeology & Ancient Egyptian Culture (BA)
UCAS Code: AE01
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Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. A wide choice of different modules and topics to choose that provide students with practical fieldwork experience, laboratory bases courses, as well as an understanding of key theoretical approaches in the discipline.
  2. All students taught through small groups, with interactive lectures, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars – we also offer to cover laboratory-based learning, including the analysis of soil, pollen, and bones.
  3. Work placement opportunities with local archaeology trusts, CADW, National Trust and so on.
  4. Staff with teaching and research expertise in a wide international area.
  5. Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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, conflict, beliefs and the evolution of the human body, mind and ideas to broaden and widen knowledge of how humanity has arrived at the position it is in now.

Several modules include a field trip to historic sites and landscape.

Module Topics

Students who study Archaeology at Lampeter UWTSD get the opportunity to explore several fascinating subjects and topics. Among these are:

  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Bronze Age Societies
  • Human Evolution
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Palaeoenvironmental archaeology

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways. It will include several of the following type of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analysis, book/ journal reviews, short reports and reflective journals, time tests, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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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

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Government and commercial management
  • Heritage sector
  • ITC
  • Local community and council work
  • Museum, exhibition and archive work
  • Professional field archaeology
  • Research and Postgraduate opportunities
  • Teaching, education officer
  • Voluntary 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 is 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 the student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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Bursary / Scholarship Information

Visit our Lampeter Accommodation section to find out more.

Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunities to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.