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Archaeology with Year Abroad (BSc)

Bachelor of Science
Typical offer
AAB-ABBView full entry requirements
Length of course
4 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.

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, practical field experience and field trips. 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

  • geophysical surveys

  • collecting archaeological material from ploughed fields

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 the practical training needed for a career in archaeology.

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 the theories and findings in exotic locations and boost your career opportunities.

You can download the course details, including modules, in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window (PDF, 340.64 KB).

Location and awarding body

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