Major in Archaeology BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2018
2019

You’re fascinated by the incredible diversity of human history – and the events that have shaped our world. But you want to combine your studies with another subject. In this degree, you can make this happen.

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
V402
Department
Archaeology and Ancient History

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

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2772
arch-anchist@le.ac.uk

Archaeology and Ancient History website

Course description

Course description

By choosing Archaeology as a Major, you will discover the richness and diversity of the human past and the key events and processes that have shaped our human worlds. A Major in Archaeology will provide you with the core knowledge and skills required of this discipline. You will be able to gain a deep understanding of diverse regions and periods, develop practical field skills through fieldwork, and you will have the opportunity to enhance your skill-set through our more science-based laboratory courses. Your pathway through the discipline will be very similar to that of a single honours student, though you will not complete a dissertation in Year 3. You will also have the choice to select from a wide range of complementary Minors from other subjects within the University. This allows you to tailor your degree to your areas of interest.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £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 Archaeology and Ancient History in Education) and volunteer for Archaeology and Classics in the Community.

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 be introduced to archaeology at a global scale as we take a chronological overview of human history. During lectures and tutorials you will actively explore the fundamental topics that drive archaeological enquiry today: Who were our human ancestors? How did tools help shape human evolution? Why did people become farmers? Why did people build monuments? Were the Vikings raiders or traders? What does architecture reveal about medieval religion?

You will be able to take part in an archaeological fieldschool at Bradgate Park. This Leicestershire park contains archaeological remains from the Mesolithic to the historic period, and we have recently been excavating the remains of the home of Lady Jane Grey - England's nine-day Queen. This project is run jointly by Archaeology staff and our professional archaeological unit, University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS).

Modules

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 addition to the field school, in your second year you will take core modules in each semester plus option modules. This builds on knowledge gained in your first year but takes a more problem-oriented approach. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills with laboratory-based modules and to expand your knowledge of the discipline across a wide range of time periods.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus a further 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 or working in an industrial placement (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, a year spent abroad or on an industrial placement 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.

Archaeology at Leicester has 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

Final Year

In your final year you will have the freedom to choose from a wide range of thematic topics, including modules with a strong practical element, such as Plants and People and Human Skeletal Analysis. These modules generally reflect the active research interests of our staff and are usually structured around a strong theme, approach, method or particular time period. Interaction involves a mix of lectures and student-led seminar discussion.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Plus a further 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.

Why Leicester?

Archaeology and Ancient History at Leicester achieved 95% student satisfaction in the NSS in 2015, with 100% for staff enthusiasm.

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

We run an incredible week-long study tour in Rome and also offer fieldwork opportunities across Britain and as far away as America.

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

Teaching and learning

All of our teaching is based around a stimulating combination of lectures, small group work, and practical ‘hands-on’ experience. Flexible academic classes are combined with practical instruction in the field. You will have the chance to study a wide range of different societies and will develop the skills to examine them in more detail.

Your assessment may include essays, exams, lab reports, practical tests, group work, oral presentations, and a dissertation.

In addition, you will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.

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

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.

More about Major/Minor degrees

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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Course Major in Archaeology Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code V402 Availability Apply Now
Course Major in Archaeology with Year Abroad Qualification BA Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code V402 Availability Apply Now