If you’re interested in the story 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 Archaeology & Anthropology is the course for you.
Why study with us
- 1stin the UK for teaching on the courseNational Student Survey (Archaeology) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
- 1stin the UK for overall positivityNational Student Survey (Archaeology) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
- 2ndin the UK for student satisfactionComplete University Guide (Archaeology)
- 3rdin the UK for student experienceTimes Good University Guide (Archaeology and forensic science)
- Benefits from state-of-the-art laboratory facilities including dedicated human bone labs, an archaeological science lab with areas for processing finds, a soil flotation unit, an imaging suite with 3D scanners and a suite of cutting-edge geophysical and excavation equipment.
- Our teaching collection includes one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.
- We offer a selection of local, national and international fieldwork. Previous students have undertaken archaeological excavations at Stonehenge, tombs in Orkney and caves in California.
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What you’ll do
- Teaching is research-informed, practical and genuinely international in outlook. You’ll get to work alongside professionals in the field, including anthropologists, archaeologists and museum staff.
- All students get to undertake a four week placement at an excavation site working alongside teaching staff and professionals from an archaeological organisation or museum.
- You’ll have the flexibility to delve into the specialist areas that interest you most, with optional units in everything from the anthropology of animals to the study of hunter-gatherers around the world.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by December 2023.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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- This course has been accredited by the CifA. Nationally we are one of only seven universities to receive this accreditation. In their report, assessors commented that "The focus on excavation and field archaeology is clearly a unique selling point of the department, and it is clear that students leave with an unparalleled level and range of experience."
The best part about the course is the sense of community. Students socialise across year groups and you get to know one another very quickly.
Graduates looking to pursue a career in archaeology have gone on to work for contracting archaeological organisations and museums all over the world.
Those with an interest in anthropology have gone on to pursue roles in museums, conservation, heritage management and other graduate-level careers.
Fees and funding
Scholarships and bursaries
We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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Care Leaver Bursary
Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
Estranged student support
Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.Find out more about Estranged student support
Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package.Find out more about Dependants Bursary
Contextualised Admissions Bursary
We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary