Archaeology and History are not just vocational subjects. Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers and find that their knowledge can be applied in a range of organisations from local government planning and National Trust bodies to museums and consultancies.
This joint honours degree will help you to acquire key skills sought by employers, such as time management, problem solving, team-work, project management and cultural awareness. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and understandable.
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- £3m purpose-built archaeology building, with excellent laboratory facilities and dedicated undergraduate teaching lab
- Placement schemes with archaeological units and national heritage bodies
- Research-based fieldwork project, either in the UK or abroad, in locations such as Crete, Hungary, Sweden and the Caribbean
- 100% of BA Archaeology and History students at Southampton were overall satisfied with their course, and rated the teaching quality at 100% (National Student Survey 2014)
Did you know?
You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code VV42 when you apply through UCAS.
Typical entry requirements
AAB to BBB including History or a related subject*
Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.
We accept all A levels except General Studies.
|International Baccalaureate||34 to 30 points, 17 to 15 at higher level, including 6 in higher level History or a related subject*
*Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.|
We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
Humanities supports contextual admission. A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is in the range of BBB to BCC from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Excavation, field survey and geophysics
Archaeology of the Roman Empire
Anthropology and ethno-archaeology
Heritage and public archaeology
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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Students must choose options totalling 120 credits across both disciplines, which must include two ARCH modules and two HIST modules. Students are strongly recommended to take either ARCH2013 or ARCH2012 and ARCH2028 (Archaeological Analysis and Research Skills).
Students wishing to complete an Archaeology dissertation in their final year must take ARCH2028 in year two.
- Archaeology and Society
- Archaeological survey for landscapes and monuments
- Bones, bodies, and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
- Advanced methods of archaeological analysis
- Digging into data: quantitative analysis for archaeology
- Impact and Invention: Knapped stone technology in its social context
- Power, Patronage and Politics in Early-Modern England, 1509-1649
- The Making of Englishness: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in British Society, 1841 to the Present
- The Hundred Years War: Britain and Europe, 1259-1453
- Sin and Society, 1100 - 1520
- Habsburg Spain, 1471-1700: The Rise and Decline of the First European Superpower
- The Eternal City: The City of Rome, from Foundation to 200 AD
- Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
- Visual Culture and Politics: Art in German Society, 1850-1957
- Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Colonial America
- Underworlds. A cultural history of urban nightlife in the 19th and 20th centuries
- Strategy and War
- Retail Therapy
- Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
- The Fall of Imperial Russia
- The Making of Modern India
- Ancient Greeks at War
- The Global Cold War
A dissertation will be undertaken for either archaeoloy or history, ARCH3025 or HIST3021. The Archaeology dissertation takes place across Semesters 1 and 2.
- Presenting the past: Museums and Heritage
- Living with the Romans and exploring their towns and cities
- Archaeology of Seafaring
- Pottery under the Microscope: Ceramic and Lithic Petrology
- France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 1)
- The Third Reich. Part 1
- The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 1
- The Vietnam War in American History and Memory. Part 1.
- Society and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, 1881-1917. Part 1
- Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688-1840
- Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 1.
- Modern Israel 1948-2007 part 1
- Alternative Histories: Between Private Memory and Public History.
- Alternative Histories: Food and Cooking
- Alternative Histories: Music and History
- Alternative Sexualities
- Fashioning the Tudor Court. Part 1.
- Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the present
- Alternative Histories: Cultures of Migration
- Alternative Histories: Travellers' Tales
- Hidden and forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (Part 1)
- The Wars of the Roses - Part I
- Forging the Raj: The East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 1
- When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
- The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
- 'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 1)
- Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
- The Bible and History
- Being Roman Part I: society and the individual in Rome and Italy
- World War 2: The Home Front - Part 1
- World War II: The Global Perspective - Part I
- Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
- Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (1)
- Racism in the United States Part 1
- Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
- Alternative histories: Homes and houses: challenging the domestic
- Humanities Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme Yr3
- Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain
- Iron Age Societies
- Seeing beneath the soil: geophysical survey for archaeology
- Molecular Archaeology
- France under the Nazis, 1940-1944 (Part 2)
- The Third Reich. Part 2
- The Holocaust: Policy, Responses and Aftermath. Part 2
- The Vietnam War in American Memory and History. Part 2.
- The Late Russian Empire: Society, Ethnicity and Culture. Part 2
- Crime and Punishment in England c. 1688 - 1840
- Refugees in the Twentieth Century. Part 2.
- Modern Israel 1948-2007 pt2
- Fashioning the Tudor Court. Part 2.
- Hidden and Forbidden, religious lives east of Rome (part 2)
- The Wars of the Roses - Part II
- Forging the Raj: the East India Company and Britain's Asian World, 2
- When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
- The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
- 'All manner of men, … working and wandering as the world asks': daily life in England in the later Middle Ages (Part 2)
- Being Roman Part II: Ethnicity, Culture and Empire
- World War 2: The Home Front - Part 2
- World War II: The Global Perspective - Part II
- Love and sexuality in Twentieth Century Europe, part 2
- Iran Between Revolutions (1907-1979): From Constitutionalism to Clericalism (2)
- Racism in the United States part 2
- Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). |
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Laboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided.
Computer Discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
Software Licenses: All software is provided.
Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.|
|Fieldwork||During your degree you are likely to go on a number of fieldtrips, and to take part in fieldwork. The exact number and nature of these trips will depend on your module and fieldwork choices. However, wherever and whatever you do you are likely to need access to; waterproofs, sturdy shoes or boots, sun hat and a small rucksack. For some sites you may be asked to have steel toed boots.
For those qualified to do so, you may become involved in diving projects. In these circumstances you would normally be required to bring/hire your own mask, fins, snorkel, knife, exposure suit and dive watch (and if possible, dive computer).|
|Clothing||Lab Coats and Safety Spectacles: One laboratory coat and a pair of safety spectacles are provided at the start of the programme to each student.|
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour).
Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk
Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account.
You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ARCH towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts.
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page.
They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here:
|Placements||Students on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.