Full-time: four years, Part-time: usually eight years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
V401; Short form: MSci/Arc
Preston (Campus code: U)
Right from your very first week, you’ll be out working the mud with professional archaeologists, learning how to dig on live sites - this extremely hands-on course is split evenly between practicals, lectures and fieldwork and is designed to give you a wide general knowledge of archaeology, focusing in particular on the archaeology of Britain. You’ll spend four weeks each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on live digs, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting edge research - and continuing your studies and progressing on to the MSci will lead to more professional recognition in the industry.
104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction
Pass Access To HE with 104P
International Baccalaureate Diploma : 26P
IELTS : grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Optional modules (one is selected; not all are available each year):
Optional modules (choose three modules from this list; not all modules are available each year):
Optional modules (choose three modules from the list below; not all modules are offered each year)
This course is designed to prepare you for future research and employment in archaeology. The study of Archaeology focuses on our understanding of past cultures, patterns of resource use and ways of life through an examination of a variety of evidence including artefacts, human remains, the landscape and documentary records. The systematic recovery and critical interpretation of such evidence is essential to the development of archaeological knowledge.
Archaeology at UCLan is a wide-ranging and practically-based single honours degree; allowing you to gain vital experience and build contacts with working archaeologists.
You will spend at least twelve weeks on placement – working on real excavations, helping to do cutting-edge research. Some of these digs are research projects run by UCLan staff, but we also encourage more experienced students to organise their own placements with external organisations, either here or abroad.
The practical emphasis starts at the beginning of the degree; you spend your first week on one of the University’s training excavations learning how to dig. Teaching on the rest of the degree is split evenly between practicals, lectures and fieldwork. Previous students have excavated extremely significant finds while on this course, including the rare Anglo-Saxon find in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, of the skeletal remains of a high ranking woman buried with a valuable cow.
The degree is designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of archaeology, focusing in particular on the archaeology of Britain. It also adheres to UK professional standards, allowing students to develop a competitive skill-set. UCLan Archaeologists have experience both in professional and academic archaeology, and Archaeologists from a wide range of external organisations are involved in the delivery of this MSci. All our staff are actively researching in the UK and we have several on-going international projects. Lecturers will supervise you in their own substantial research project during the fourth year. This allows you to develop your own particular interests and skills.
We have an excellent staff-student ratio, ensuring personal attention for all our students – the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 96% of archaeology students were satisfied with the academic support they received.
UCLan Archaeology graduates work for a number of different contracting archaeological organisations. Others are employed in museums or are doing research degrees at a variety of UK universities. Some have used the transferable skills they gained on their degree to enter graduate level employment in other areas of work or to undergo further training to work in careers such as teaching.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
We have links with a number of local and national archaeological organisations including Oxford Archaeology, ARUP, Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Museum of London Archaeology, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Council of British Archaeology, and the Institute for Archaeologists.
At UCLan, we have extensive teaching collections of human and animal remains and a dedicated lab for the study of artefacts and skeletal remains. This allows you to wash, sort and analyse finds from the excavations as part of their research projects. In the same building we also have facilities for analysis and processing of environmental and soil samples plus advance cutting-edge scientific analytical equipment that students can use in their Master's project.
The Archaeology degree is assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and practical work. Individual modules vary but over the whole degree there is a roughly even spread of the different types of assessment.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include a new archaeological science laboratory with areas for processing finds, a soil flotation unit, a dedicated bone lab for the analysis of skeletal remains and a suite of geophysical and excavation equipment - plus our teaching collection includes one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.
The key resource for all our teaching is access to a range of exciting projects. Generous levels of fieldwork support allow us to offer students an exceptional variety of placement opportunities. Recently our archaeology students have been digging at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire; at various prehistoric sites on the West Coast of Scotland; at cave sites in Wales and Lancashire and a major Anglo-Saxon site in Cambridgeshire. We also have a robust Internationalisation profile, with students recently participating on archaeological projects on Roman Spain, a colonial cemetery in Mauritius, plus an ongoing long term project in California and a new project on the 100 year anniversary of WW1 on the Somme, in France. We also have a full range of up-to-date equipment for materials analysis plus geophysical and topographic survey.
About 10% of our students do some or all of their placement with an external organisation, usually these are museum-based but we have also had people working for other local archaeological employers. You’ll have the chance to go on a two-week study field trip to Kenya in your third year, a unique opportunity to live and work among the Maasai people and study the archaeology of their country.
UCLan Archaeology has a selection of international opportunities across the globe. Past projects where students have participated include California, Spain, Albania, Israel, and Mauritius. Current projects include Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of California; the archaeology of the Great War, with fieldwork on the Somme, in France; and the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland.
There are more career opportunities available in the UK than you might think - according to the Institute for Archaeologists web site, the archaeological profession provides more than 5,000 jobs and contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year, in both the public and the private sector - indeed, in 2011 there were approximately 6,000 archaeologists in the UK working for over 200 companies.