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V403 BA Archaeology and Anthropology (with a Year Abroad) (4 years)

Since the mid-19th century, Archaeology and Anthropology (both social and biological) have evolved and developed in association as disciplines that aim 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. Anthropology is traditionally divided in the UK into Social Anthropology, which examines how people in different places create meaning and build communities, and Biological Anthropology, which explores the physiological and genetic diversity in present and past human societies. The BA(Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology programme offers a unique perspective on the human present and past in a broad geographic and temporal context, providing you with an understanding of how the human species evolved, how human societies came into being and changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human social and biological diversity today. A special feature of this programme is that all three disciplines – Archaeology, Social and Biological Anthropology – are closely integrated over the three years, allowing you to explore global human diversity, in time and space, in a truly interdisciplinary fashion.

The programme explores how humans engage, and their ancestors engaged, with their world, both physical and social. It teaches the methods, approaches and techniques used to find out about and understand human societies: from archaeological prospection and excavation to the anthropological and archaeological analyses of artefacts and human and animal remains, survey and ethnographic fieldwork techniques, statistical analysis of social data, and the exploration and application of a broad range of philosophical ideas. These approaches involve a wide range of techniques and critical thinking skills, combining aspects of both sciences and humanities, which provide insight into human worlds both contemporary and ancient, and often greatly different from that of the 21st-century West.

Introducing your degree

Travel abroad as part of this challenging and exciting BA Archaeology and Anthropology degree. Spend three years on campus learning the practice of archaeology and what we can understand from uncovering ancient human remains. Spend an academic year abroad on placement making friends and discovering the theories and findings on some of the most exotic and exciting sites imaginable. A BA in Archaeology and Anthropology provides you with the opportunity to pursue a career in research, teaching, forensics, charity work and crime scene investigation.


Programme Structure

The programme is normally studied over four years full-time with the third year abroad at an international partner institution , 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 modules, eight being taken at each level. Usually four modules are taken in each semester but a 3/5 split is possible if agreed between you and your 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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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 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.

Criteria for admission

The University will at all times seek to operate admissions regulations that are fair and are in accordance with the law of the United Kingdom, and the University's Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations.

This includes specific compliance with legislation relating to discrimination (e.g. Equality Act 2010) and the University's Equal Opportunities Policy Statement. This includes a commitment that the University will:

  • actively assist groups that experience disadvantage in education and employment to benefit from belonging to the University
  • actively seek to widen participation to enable students that do not traditionally participate in Higher Education to do so
  • ensure that admission procedures select students fairly and appropriately according to their academic ability and that the procedure is monitored and regularly reviewed

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 four years full-time. Study is undertaken in three parts (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). There are 30 study weeks in each year.

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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.

Relevant CIP modules may also be taken as options (e.g. UOSM 2030 Body and Society; UOSM2014 Piracy, Security and Maritime Space; UOSM2005 Living with Environmental Change; UOSM2009 Ethics in a Complex World)


Year 3

Year 3 (Students taking the Year Abroad will continue with the Level 3 curriculum on their return in their 4th year).

The Year Abroad will be spent at an international partner institution. More information visit the Exchange partners page.

Year 4

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 may choose to take either the Archaeology dissertation (ARCH3025) or Anthropology dissertation (SOCI3033).

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/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BA Archaeology and Anthropology (with Year Abroad)2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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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

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 stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study23%20%0%13%
Independent study77%80%100%87%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment21%44%0%25%
Practical exam assessment6%0%0%12%
Coursework assessment73%56%100%63%

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