BA Archaeology Part-Time

If you're interested in getting a degree in archaeology but don’t want to study full-time, this degree option is for you.

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Our BA Archaeology, part-time, is an honours degree programme taught in the Department of Archaeology. You'll study alongside our full-time students and have the opportunity to participate in the field, lab and placement opportunities offered by the department.

Course details

Entry requirements: ABB at A Level, or equivalent

Duration: 6 years

Programme code: AAPU06

How to apply

To study this course part-time, you will need to apply through our online application form.

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Course description

This course gives you an excellent foundation in all aspects of world archaeology. Choose from a range of specialist modules to suit your interests. Modules cover a variety of time periods, geographic locations and methodological approaches. Topics range from human evolution to experimental archaeology.

Your degree combines hands-on learning with small-group teaching and lectures. You'll work in both the field and the laboratory, developing critical skills in diverse archaeological methods. You'll also have the chance to work alongside world-class researchers on a range of archaeological materials.

Right from the start, you'll get in-depth archaeological experience. You'll do a minimum of six weeks either in the field, the laboratory or the workplace. We have a dedicated field school for excavation training and you'll have the chance to get involved in staff research projects, lab work and excavations. These experiences, combined with your key archaeological skills, will prepare you for a professional career in archaeology or the heritage sector.

We have cutting-edge laboratory facilities and extensive archaeological research collections, including human, animal and plant remains. We also have modern experimental equipment, including a 3D portable structured light scanner. Optional science-based modules give you the chance to work with organic and inorganic materials and develop your laboratory skills.


Level 1 (years one and two) will give you a global perspective on human origins and world civilisations. You'll be introduced to archaeological research processes, whilst our field school will give you a solid foundation in the methods of archaeological excavation.

As well as being able to choose from the optional modules below, at Level 1 you will have the opportunity to use your remaining credits to study modules from across the university. 

Core modules

The Archaeology of Britain: from Prehistory to the Industrial Revolution

The Archaeology of Britain: from Prehistory to the Industrial Revolution provides an introduction to the archaeology of the British Isles from the Palaeolithic, through to the Roman occupation and beyond the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. Through a combination of lectures and fieldtrips, you will discover the wealth of archaeological evidence found beneath our feet; from significant excavations and sites to artefacts and the material record. You will explore how this evidence reveals changes that took place over time which helped shaped the people, cultures and landscapes of the Britain Isles.

Human origins, migrations and identities

This module uses the theme of migration as a framework to evaluate the responses of ancestral human populations to environmental and other challenges to society. You will complete a survey of the archaeological record from 3 million years before present to the first millennium AD, and through lectures and practical sessions gain an understanding of the archaeological use of human and animal remains and material culture to reconstruct the mobility of people, animals and objects. In addition, you will consider different perspectives about the current relevance of archaeological approaches to population dispersal in understanding past, present and future societal challenges.

Revealing the Past

'Revealing the Past' introduces the archaeological research process and the environment within which British archaeology functions. This module enables students to develop fundamental field skills. Students will gain an understanding of the research process throughout the module; both by recovering evidence in the field using basic survey and excavation methods and by being introduced to the process of dealing with material and data recovered during fieldwork. The course will build towards a two-week field course which will take place at the end of the teaching period. The majority of the contact hours are practical sessions in the field and laboratory, where students will work collaboratively on an original programme of archaeological research. Lectures provide additional guidance on the methods employed and the historical context for the research. The development of transferable skills will be enhanced by collaboration with University of Sheffield Enterprise.

Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology and colonialism

This module explores how anthropology and archaeology developed in early modern Europe, and how this development was shaped by, and mirrored, the cultural and political history of Europe, through the Renaissance, Reformation and especially European colonial expansion into other continents. Anthropology and archaeology developed to explore European encounters with the 'other' cultures of distant places and times. These disciplines have widely served to legitimise European exploitation of other continents and to promote particular groups and causes within Europe, but latterly have also critiqued such trends.

Professional Experience and Development

During the Professional Experience and Development module, students will complete 20 days¿ work experience (spread across Levels 1-3), which they will organise independently, supported by the departmental fieldwork officer and their personal tutors. The work experience will take place with organisations and projects in the archaeological, heritage or related sectors. Students will attend week-long Careers and Professional Development (CPD) courses during Levels 1-3. The CPD course will provide workshops and networking events designed to support students¿ professional development. The module will be assessed as pass/fail based on satisfactory attendance and professional conduct during the work placement, and demonstrating progress in basic competencies in their Skills Passport.

Optional modules 

Classical World and its Legacy

Greco-Roman classical civilisation (particularly the 'high culture' of art, architecture, literature and political institutions) has long been seen as the inspiration for, and yardstick against which to judge, modern European culture. The rich and varied evidence of modern archaeology is used to explore how this high culture was supported and experienced by ordinary people. The module will consider the nature of Early Iron Age Greece and its Bronze Age background, the nature of its colonies in the Mediterranean, and the development of the Athenian Empire. The exploration of Italy will begin with the Iron Age peoples of the Italian peninsula, following on to trace the rise of Rome and her empire in the East and the West. The late Roman Empire will be examined with reference to the rise of Christianity and other eastern religions, and this will be traced through to the Early Medieval Period in Europe. The role of Islam in the formation of Europe, and the dissemination of Islamic culture, will be considered. The module will conclude by exploring the place of the Classical world in both modern Europe and the New World.

World Civilisations

The popular image of archaeology is captured by the fictional Indiana Jones in his search for the lost secrets of ancient civilisations. This module explores some of the most famous early civilisations, including Mesopotamia, China, and Egypt in the Old World, and the Inca in the New World. Similarities and differences in the development of these civilisations are evaluated, as are the contentious roles of colonisation, diffusion, trade and world systems. The classic civilisations are placed in a wider context by looking at human cultures as diverse as the Vikings, Zimbabwe, and the Plains Indians. In conclusion, the module discusses changing understandings of what it may have meant to be 'civilised'. Since the emergence of anatomically modern man and the inception of farming and sedentism, human societies have undergone radical changes, including the development of urbanism, advanced craft specialisation and long-distance trade, writing and bureaucracy social stratification and warfare, statehood and empire, colonialism and globalisation. This module explores the nature, causes and consequences of these changes.

Through my studies I have been able to access a wide variety of volunteer and paid work experiences, ranging from volunteering for Museums Sheffield in the archaeology store to working in the University's Western Bank Library.” , BA Archaeology Part-Time


BA Archaeology, part-time

Entry requirements

ABB at A Level, or equivalent. For a full list of qualifications we accept, please see our online prospectus page for BA Archaeology.

If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification.

Alternative English language qualifications

Fees and funding

For information about tuition fees and other financial information, visit our undergraduate fees and funding webpages.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss studying archaeology part-time, have questions about your qualifications or would like more information about the programme please contact us:

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 24 August 2020


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