Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeology and Anthropology BSc (Hons)

If you are interested in the study of human beings; how we evolved, why we live in different sorts of societies around the world, and how we interact with one another and the environment, then this is the course is for you. You’ll be able to combine cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology to study human cultures from the present day back to the evolutionary origins of humanity. The subjects are supported by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, teaching collections and generous fieldwork funding to ensure that teaching on the degree is research informed, practical and genuinely international in outlook. Staff and students have been involved in fieldwork research and teaching all over the UK, and in Albania, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United States.



Why study this course?

This course allows you to develop a knowledge and understanding of the related disciplines of archaeology and anthropology. You’ll acquire the analytical and interpretive techniques to study both biological and cultural anthropology. Study the archaeological remains of selected time periods, and develop the skills to understand the nature and origins of archaeological evidence and how this is acquired and interpreted. The course is divided equally between modules in archaeology and in anthropology. You will complete six compulsory modules, introducing you to key elements of each discipline. In further years you’ll take four compulsory modules, two each in archaeology and anthropology, and will have a choice of two further optional modules.


Work experience opportunities

All students will undertake a four week placement in the summer during the first years of the course. Typically this will be on a teaching excavation run by UCLan staff in collaboration with staff from a professional archaeological organisation or museum. All food and accommodation costs are covered during these placements. You can also organise your own placements either in the field or with a museum. These external placements are carefully monitored to ensure that both the learning outcomes and employment opportunities are parallel to the ones offered through the course team. Additionally you’ll have the opportunity to apply for the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme run by the University. At least two of these 10 week paid placements have been hosted by archaeology and anthropology every year.

International Opportunities

Archaeology and anthropology has a formal Erasmus exchange scheme in place with IT Sligo in Western Ireland. Alongside individual student exchanges we also run an annual field trip to Ireland. Each year at least one of our placement projects will take place outside the UK. Past students of anthropology and archaeology have had the opportunity to travel and work in Albania, France, Israel, Kenya, Mauritius and Spain. We currently have active field projects in Ireland and the United States.

Academic Expertise

Rick Peterson (Course Leader) - Rick has nearly 30 years’ experience of field archaeology. His research interests are in landscape archaeology, cave archaeology and prehistoric pottery.

Allison Card - Allison did her first degree in Anthropology, followed by a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology. Her particular research interest is in osteology, she is currently studying the way that tooth shape reflects genetic relationships within human populations.

Peter Cross - Peter was responsible for the establishment of UCLan’s unique TRACES research facility, which he also manages. His research areas are forensic anthropology and taphonomy with specific interest in factors influencing the decomposition process and post-mortem interval estimation.

Vicki Cummings - Vicki is the leading expert on the prehistoric dolmens of North-Western Europe. Vicki specialises in the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Britain and Ireland, with a particular focus on monuments and landscape.

Rachel Cunliffe - Rachel primarily teaches identification of human remains, and her main research interest is taphonomy, or how things decompose. In addition she teaches biotechnology.

James Morris - Before joining UCLan in 2012, Jim was a zooarchaeologist at Museum of London Archaeology. His primary research interests are in the complex, varied and significant connections between humans and animals.

Duncan Sayer - Duncan is a historical archaeologist with an interest in Anglo-Saxon society and post-medieval religion. Duncan directs a major research excavation at Oakington, investigating an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery and landscape with a focus on 5th and 6th century tribal identities.

David Robinson - Dave’s research interests include the archaeology of the American West, the archaeology of the modern world, rock-art, British prehistory, indigenous perception, perishable materials and colonialism. He is currently using portable XRF and Ramen spectrometers in combination with innovative graphical analysis to provide an unprecedented understanding of the history and meaning of the rock art of the San Emigdiano Chumash in South Central California.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 104 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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Course Overview

Year 1

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Britain
  • Study Skills
  • Bones, Bodies and Burials

Year 2

  • Archaeological Fieldwork I
  • Research and Study
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology in Theory and Practice

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Environmental Change
  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland
  • Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain
  • Roman and Post Roman Britain
  • Hunter Gatherers: Past and Present
  • Life and Death in Medieval Britain
  • Archaeology and Anthropology of the Modern World

Year 3

  • Dissertation (double module)
  • Debates in Anthropology
  • plus three optional modules from –
  • Forensic Taphonomy (double module)
  • Hunter Gatherers: Past and Present
  • Life and Death in Medieval Britain
  • Archaeology and Anthropology of the Modern World
  • Later Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain
  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain and Ireland
  • Roman and Post Roman Britain

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Archaeology and anthropology are both taught within the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences. We have been teaching both disciplines for over 10 years. The School is located within two purpose built buildings on the Preston Campus with outstanding facilities for multi-disciplinary science and research. These include four specialist laboratories for teaching and research in anthropology and archaeology and first class teaching collections of human and animal bone and archaeological artefacts.

We also have the unique TRACES outdoor taphonomic research centre. Field teaching is a core part of both disciplines. Generous university funding ensures that we are able to offer all students international experience as part of this teaching. The School has state-of-the-art geophysical and topographic survey equipment. As part of our strong commitment to employability, staff from professional and governmental organisations teach on many of our modules.

Assessment will be through a mixture of written coursework, assessed practical exercises and examinations. Examinations will comprise no more than 30% of the overall assessment of the degree. 

Our Industry Links

The archaeology and anthropology staff at UCLan have excellent contacts within the professional and commercial sector. You will work alongside professionals both in the field and in lectures.

These include consulting anthropologists and radiographers, archaeological consultants, conservators, museum staff, curatorial archaeologists and archaeological contractors. Our focus on employability means that we ensure that the skills you learn are transferable and relevant.

Excellent Opportunities

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.

Nationally a high proportion of anthropology graduates work in the public and not-for-profit sectors, all branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organisations, museums and voluntary organisations.

Anthropology graduates also pursue roles in advertising, sales and marketing, positions in museums, conservation, and heritage management and careers related to health and social work.


Analytical Suite

Anthropology Laboratory

Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.