Frequently asked questions
Should I study the BA or the BSc Archaeology course?
To begin with you do not need to decide which one to study. We teach the BA and the BSc together in the first year, after which you will be asked to choose. However, we do allow you to move between the two.
Our BA has a stronger emphasis on heritage and is a good choice if you think you might want to work in a museum or heritage organisation, or within education. Our BSc has a strong emphasis on professional archaeological skills and it is therefore a great choice if you think you might want to actually work as an archaeologist or as a specialist.
Is it possible to study Latin or Greek at Leicester?
Latin and Greek are not a compulsory part of our degrees, but it is possible to study both here at Leicester through the ‘Languages at Leicester’ scheme. There are courses at beginner and intermediate level in both Latin and ancient Greek (modern Greek is also an option!) as well as access to summer school programmes.
Am I going to be employable when I graduate?
Employability and transferable skills are built into our degrees. Archaeology and Ancient History produce graduates who are excellent critical thinkers, good team workers and able to work with lots of pieces of partial and fragmentary data to build a whole. These are skills that impress employers.
On top of that, we have accredited internships that help build employability and offer you a chance to try your hand at working in different sectors to find out what you might want to do in the future.
I have not studied history before, is that going to be a problem?
We’ve made you an offer to study with us – that is because we believe you can succeed with us! Our degrees do not have specific subject requirements because studying the past involves taking bits from a variety of disciplines and combining them together. Whatever you have studied before will, at some point, be relevant during your studies.
I’m worried about my interview – can you help ease my nerves?
The interview will be a very relaxed chat with one of our lecturers. We will never take your offer away, we will never raise it but we may be able to lower it. The questions we ask do not have right and wrong answers but are designed for us to understand your thinking. Most people enjoy their interviews because they provide a chance for them to talk with an expert about their passion for the past.
For the Digital Offer Holder Day we are offering telephone and online interviews as an alternative.
Can I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.