BA Archaeology

91% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – NSS 2017.

Archaeology at UWTSD Lampeter is amongst the most high profile, research intensive and highly regarded programmes of study for the University and at the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) it was ranked 9th in the UK.

The surrounding landscape, coastline and environment is of a uniquely historic and archaeological character which the School is able to utilise in its teaching and research.

This makes for a programme of study that is highly practical, with plenty of on-site activity, which is rooted in an exploration of regional examples and developments, and yet is global in its points of reference.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: V400
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

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

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Archaeology is among one of the most active, varied and research intensive academic Schools within the University. The School is based on the cusp of the Cambrian mountains and thus enjoys being part of one of the most beautiful University campus locations in the UK.

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 for the less-squeamish. As well as classroom activities you will participate in our annual excavation at the spectacular Cistercian monastery and hinterland of Strata Florida, a few miles north of the campus in the Cambrian Mountains.


Typical modules include:

  • Introducing Archaeology
  • Introduction to Fieldwork
  • Excavation and Fieldwork
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Post-Excavation and Analysis
  • Advanced Archaeological Analysis
  • Bronze Age Societies
  • Funerary Beliefs in Ancient Egypt
  • Palaeoenvironmental archaeology
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • Human Evolution
  • Exhibiting Egypt
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Introduction to Laboratory Techniques
  • Origins and Innovations
  • Heritage Tourism

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • UK and overseas field excavations (Strata Florida, Mediterranean, Qatar)
  • Combines theory, method and practice of archaeology with the support and expertise of active researchers and leaders in their field
  • Excellent facilities for field and laboratory-based courses, with its own bespoke series of laboratories (covering analysis of soil, pollen, ‘the bone lab’, the project room)
  • Hi-tech computer facilities to undertake GIS survey
  • Many wide-ranging and varied option courses to choose from
  • Staff with teaching and research expertise in a wide international area
  • Ideal area with sites ranging from prehistoric hill forts and monuments, to Roman gold mines and imposing medieval castle complexes
  • Work placement opportunities with local archaeology trusts, CADW, National Trust and so on

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and 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, seen and unseen exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, 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.

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • Government and commercial management
  • Teaching, education officer
  • Voluntary work
  • Research and Postgraduate opportunities
  • Heritage sector
  • Museum, exhibition and archive work
  • ITC
  • Local community and council work
  • Professional field archaeology

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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

Overseas Tuition 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.