100% of UWTSD’s History and Archaeology students agreed that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to – National Student Survey 2022.
Our degree programme in Archaeology will provide you with amazing opportunities in the field and beyond. Not only will you be taught by experts at the cutting edge of field research, but you will also engage in practical archaeological investigations. All archaeology students can gain experience in laboratory techniques as part of their degree.
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.
Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year
Why choose this course?
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.
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.
Work placement opportunities with local archaeology trusts, CADW, National Trust and so on.
Staff with teaching and research expertise in a wide international area.
Students have the opportunity to choose elective modules from all other humanities subjects and topics.
What you will learn
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 landscapes.
Introduction to the Humanities (10 credits; compulsory)
Academic Writing (10 credits; compulsory)
Understanding Literature (20 credits; optional)
Talking to the Dead (20 credits; optional)
Being Human (20 credits; optional)
Understanding Democracy (20 credits; optional)
Prospective students should be aware of the following:
Not all optional modules are offered every year
Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.
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.
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
Local community and council work
Museum, exhibition and archive work
Professional field archaeology
Research and Postgraduate opportunities
Teaching, education officer
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
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.