History and Archaeology BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

Aristotle said it best: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By studying history and archaeology side by side, you’ll discover more than what you thought was possible about our human past.

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
VV14
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2609
arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

Archaeology and Ancient History website

Course description

Course description

The History and Archaeology BA will give you the chance to combine two disciplines that enhance our understanding of human societies and cultures in the past.

This degree has particular emphasis on the medieval and modern periods, although you will also have the opportunity to study the deep past. You will examine both historical texts and material remains and consider the relationship between the two.

Practical experience is a key part of our degrees. You will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork to ensure that your skills are continually developed.

In the first two years of this degree you will split your time equally between the study of archaeology and history. In your third year your dissertation can be in either history or archaeology.

This course draws on the expertise and experience of our Centre for Historical Archaeology, the UK’s only research institution dedicated to the archaeological study of the past 500 years.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels can be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking accepted. History A-level is preferred but not essential. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: English and Maths at grade C/4. 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with 45 credits, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points including a minimum of 16 points at Higher Level. Minimum of 4 in SL Maths or 3 in HL Mathematics, or 4 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE. Minimum of 4 in SL English Language required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM 

Other national and international qualifications welcomed. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: £3,995, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We have dedicated work experience and outreach tutors who organise placements for you in schools, museums, field archaeology units, archives, laboratories and on external projects – complementing the volunteering provision within the University.

You can choose to take career-focused modules (such as Professional Skills; Archaeology and Ancient History in Education) and volunteer for Archaeology and Classics in the Community.

The 'History in the Classroom' module includes practical teaching experience by incorporating a placement in a local school.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will split your studies equally between archaeology and history, taking modules covering medieval, early modern and global history, providing you with a thorough grounding in historical methods and practice at university level. You will also study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the 21st century, along with the aims and methods of archaeology. A key part of your first year will be your participation in an excavation training school at Bradgate Park  - a local park dating back to the 13th Century which was the location of one of the first unfortified brick-built aristocratic houses in England, later the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will continue to balance your studies equally between the two subjects. You will have more opportunity to shape the course of your degree this year as you will be able to choose option modules from the areas of history and archaeology that interest you the most. You will also have the opportunity to study a range of laboratory-based modules, covering subjects such as environmental archaeology and artefact analysis. At the end of your second year you will participate in a research excavation, which can take place anywhere in the world.

If you would like to write your third year dissertation on an area of history rather than archaeology then you must take the option module The Historian’s Craft.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one history option module from:

Then choose one archaeology option module from:

Then choose one archaeology option module from:

Plus either 'The Historian’s Craft' (if you plan to write your third year dissertation on history)

Or two more history option modules: choose one option module from:

And one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

We have links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (History dissertation)

Final Year (History dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Choose four option modules from the lists below, two from the lists marked A and two from the lists marked B. You can choose either one history module and three archaeology modules or two modules from each subject.

History modules list A

Archaeology modules list A

History modules list B

Archaeology modules list B

Plus your History dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year (Archaeology dissertation)

Final Year (Archaeology dissertation)

Core module

Option modules

Either choose four option modules from the lists below, two from the lists marked A and two from the lists marked B. You should choose one archaeology module and three history modules.

History modules list A

Archaeology modules list A

History modules list B

Archaeology modules list B

Or choose one archaeology module from either of the Archaeology lists above and one history special subject module from this list:

  • The French Revolution, 1789-1804
  • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth Century America
  • From Gin Lane to Westminster: Culture, Politics and Society in 18th Century Britain
  • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833
  • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present
  • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
  • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the Twentieth Century
  • Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
  • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
  • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

Plus your Archaeology dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Our New History Lab brings together staff and students every fortnight to discuss history over tea and cake. Guest speakers have included newsreader Julie Etchingham and historian Melvyn Bragg.

Our staff teach and research across a wide range of topics - from medieval to modern periods and across all the continents. This is reflected in the diversity and breadth of modules that you can study.

We have nine specialist laboratories (including a new Osteology Lab): four dedicated to teaching and all available for student use.

You will receive practical training from ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services), who were involved with the discovery of Richard III.

History at Leicester

Researching in the Library, Jaipreet found the ‘Special Collections’ particularly valuable.

Teaching and learning

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.

Independent learning

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • 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.

Teaching staff

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.

Major/Minor degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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