You will be taught by a variety of methods, ranging from large lectures to seminars to individual tutorials. Lectures are used to provide historical narrative and to raise key historical questions and areas of debate. Seminars are where you share your opinion about those debates and put forward your interpretation of history. In your first year you will normally have around ten contact hours per week, with more emphasis being placed on small group teaching and independent study as you progress through your degree. You will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experience of excavations throughout the course.
Assessment is through exams and coursework (both long and short essays), source analyses, group projects and presentations. Approximately two thirds of your final degree mark will be based on your coursework; one third on your exams.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Department of Archaeology and Ancient History courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours
Year 2: 13% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours
Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 8% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 96 hours
Independent learning: 1104 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.