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Archaeology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
3 years, starts September 2020
Course type
UCAS course code

About this course

Discover how human civilisations evolved, and why people and societies have changed over time. Through the latest techniques and technologies, you'll investigate how our ancestors lived, from the earliest human origins, to Neolithic Britain and Ancient Egypt. You could look into climate change at the end of the last ice age or what the chemical composition of human bones can tell us about diet during the medieval period.

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains, such as:

  • buildings

  • monuments

  • artefacts

  • biological remains

  • written sources

  • landscape

Whether in the laboratory or on a dig, you'll develop transferable skills by exploring questions about people in the past and in the present.

On this course, you'll focus on scientific methods and techniques, with options including:

  • studying human and animal bones     

  • physics and chemistry of archaeological material

  • laboratory techniques for dating

  • maritime archaeology

You'll learn through research-led projects and practical field experience. You'll do a minimum of 3 weeks’ fieldwork as part of an active research project. This could include:

  • excavating archaeological sites

  • recording a standing building

  • conducting geophysical surveys

  • collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields

We have a purpose-built archaeology building, equipped with the latest science-based laboratories. Here, you'll gain hands-on experience with archaeological artefacts and materials, and receive the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 404.88 KB).

Location and awarding body

The course location is Avenue campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.