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V402 BA Archaeology and Anthropology (3 years)

Introducing your degree

The BA Archaeology and Anthropology degree follows the four field approach to Anthropology, whereby anthropology comprises archaeology, social anthropology, biological anthropology and anthropological linguistics. This program explores how humans, and our ancestors, engaged with their world, both physical and social, and combines aspects of both the humanities and the sciences. By taking the BA Archaeology and Anthropology degree, you will gain insights into human lives, both contemporary and from the past, and explore the differences between them and our own 21st-century Western world.


Programme Structure


A special feature of this program is that all the disciplines within the four fields of Anthropology – archaeology, social and biological anthropology, together with anthropological linguistics - are closely integrated over the three years, allowing you to explore global human diversity in time and space, in a truly interdisciplinary fashion. The disciplines have evolved and developed distinct but interrelated ways to comprehend what it is to be human. Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains, such as buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and the landscape we inhabit today. Social anthropology examines how people in different places create meaning and build communities, whereas biological anthropology explores the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human (and primate) societies. Anthropological linguistics, the smallest of the subfields of Anthropology, studies humans through the different languages that they use, and explores the relations between cognition, culture, biology and language. The Archaeology and Anthropology BA degree provides you with a thorough and riveting insight into what it means to be human, how human societies came into being today, how they have changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human diversity (both social and biological) today.

Studying Archaeology and Anthropology means you be able to attend a weeklong field school at the end of your first year, and then participate in a minimum of three weeks of fieldwork as part of an active research project. This is usually undertaken during the summer vacation of your first or second year of study, and may be in the UK or overseas. Opportunities for undertaking further fieldwork, including participation in overseas research projects, are also available.

Students can choose modules that build together to form a minor pathway, the title of which will be mentioned in your degree transcript. Details of the minors available and the modules that are included can be found at


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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

ABB to BBB from three A levels.

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 Baccalaureate32 to 30 points overall with 16 to 15 points at Higher level.
International applications

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.

Alternative qualifications

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 in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is BBB from three A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.


Selection process:

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.

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 online at

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The programme is normally studied over three years full-time, but may also be taken on a part-time basis for a period of not less than four and not more than eight academic years. Study is undertaken in three parts (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). There are 30 study weeks in each year.

The programme is divided into courses (modules), eight being taken at each level. Usually four courses are taken in each semester but a 3/5 split is possible if agreed between a student and their tutor. Single modules have a credit value of 15, while double modules have a value of 30. Each part has a total credit value of 120.

The expected exit award is a BA, and to achieve this you must gain 360 credits. If you complete 120 credits in Part 1, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education, and if you complete 240 credits in Parts 1 and 2 you will be eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education.

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

You will also be registered for a module to represent your fieldwork project (ARCH2037 Archaeological Method) – but this module is not credit bearing. This fieldwork is normally taken at the end of your first year.

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

Relevant CIP modules may also be taken as options (e.g. UOSM 2030 Body and Society; UOSM2014 Piracy, Security and Maritime Space; UOSM2009 Ethics in a Complex World) 1. This is an indicative timetable and the semester in which courses are taught may vary. 2. Students may also choose to substitute up to TWO of the non-compulsory modules for selected alternate modules of equivalent value from across the university. 3. Not all option courses will necessarily be available in any given year

ARCH2017Credit: 15
ANTH2002Credit: 15
SOCI2031Credit: 15
LING2002Credit: 15

Year 3


The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.


Students must choose either ARCH3025 OR SOCI3033.
Students may also choose to substitute up to TWO of the non-compulsory modules for selected alternate modules of equivalent value from across the university.


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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA Archaeology and Anthropology2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT 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.
ClothingLab 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 copyingWhere 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 The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents 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

Career Opportunities

An Archaeology and Anthropology degree is excellent preparation for future employment, offering a balance of sciences and arts and providing a range of both practical and intellectual components. These allow graduates to demonstrate many of the abilities that employers are known to look for such as working as part of a team, presentation skills, evidence-based reasoning, problem solving, project management, report writing and independent critical thinking.

A high proportion of our graduates find full-time employment within six months of completing their degree (94% in 2012 compared with the national average for all graduates of 91%) and they follow a very wide range of career paths. Recently, our graduates have found jobs in such diverse areas as accountancy, administration, civil service, cartography and aerial photography, computer engineering and animation, geographic information systems, graphic design, life-guarding, nursing, the police, the armed services, environmental health, countryside management, engineering management, marketing, business, retailing and entertainment management.

The BA(hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology is also an ideal preparation for further study (for a Masters or research degree) or for a subject-related career in professional Archaeology, heritage management, digital heritage, museums, archaeological research , teaching (in subjects such as geography, history or archaeology), geophysical survey, or heritage tourism.

Learning & Assessment


Learning and teaching       

The programme is delivered through lectures; tutor-led and student-led seminars and tutorials, laboratory practicals, group projects, individual and group presentations, field visits, field work and independent research. At Level One the emphasis is on discovering the nature and co-development of Archaeology and Anthropology, their methods and philosophies, and a basic outline of the development of the human species and its current social and biological diversity. Level Two consolidates and enhances knowledge of the human present and past, and of archaeological and anthropological methodology and theory. Level Three permits students to specialise in the study of selected themes (e.g. regional, temporal, social), as well as carrying out a piece of independent research. Students are encouraged to explore the full potential of interdisciplinary research.


The varied assessment types of knowledge and understanding include examinations, essays, shorter pieces of assessed coursework, practical assignments in both the laboratory and the field, individual and group presentations, online discussions, portfolios and the dissertation. Progression is recognised in the assessment scheme, which tests the breadth and complexity of knowledge and understanding through to consolidation and application.


Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study21%20%13%
Independent study79%80%87%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment30%38%19%
Practical exam assessment6%0%9%
Coursework assessment64%62%72%

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