About this course
Explore how humans and our ancestors engaged with the world, and gain a fascinating insight into what it means to be human. This course combines aspects of the humanities and the sciences. You'll study global human diversity in time and space, in a truly interdisciplinary way. Along with studying the theoretical background, you'll do fieldwork as part of an active research project in the UK or abroad.
This course gives students an insight into how human societies came into being today, how they have changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human diversity today.
The degree integrates the disciplines of archaeology (the study of the human past through its material remains) and anthropology, which is made up of 3 areas:
social anthropology (exploring how people in different places create meaning and build communities)
biological anthropology (looking at the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human and primate societies)
anthropological linguistics (the study of humans through the languages they use)
This course combines aspects of the humanities and the sciences. We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. You'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive practical training for a career in archaeology or anthropology.
You'll spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions such as the University of Malta or the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona. This will give you the chance to discover theories and findings in exotic locations and boost your career opportunities.
This degree gives you the opportunity to study a minor subject alongside the main programme.
We’re also offering up to 10 bursaries of £1000 each to incoming students (subject to criteria). These are from the Terry Mason Bursary and the University of Southampton Archaeology Bursary Fund.
This course is based at Avenue, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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