Challenge yourself with Archaeology

Our Undergraduate Curriculum

Built around modules that span the traditional divide between scientific and humanities-based approaches to archaeology, our undergraduate curriculum integrates a range of approaches in order to investigate the big questions about the human past. You will be challenged to think critically and engage in the practice of archaeological research, in the classroom, lab and field.

This curriculum draws on a wealth of expertise within the department, allowing students to learn key skills specific to the discipline as well as transferable skills. In addition, our programmes will give you an awareness of the relevance of archaeology and heritage in the contemporary world, through opportunities to participate in professional practice and community engagement projects.

Find out more about our Undergraduate Courses

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Our Compulsory Modules Include:

Level 1

Towards modernity

Explore how the disciplines of anthropology and archaeology developed in early modern Europe, and how this development was shaped by, and mirrored, the cultural and political history of Europe. Lectures and tutorials.

Emerging Europe

Investigate key debates concerning the emergence of farming, new technologies and complex societies from the end of the last Ice Age through the Early Iron Age in Europe. Lectures and lab-based practicals, which provide an introduction to the wide range of materials and methods that archaeologists use to study the past.

Revealing the Past

Learn about the archaeological research process, from planning and implementing an archaeological investigation through reporting and disseminating the results. Lectures, practical sessions and a two-week field course.

Classical World and Its Legacy

Explore the rich and varied evidence of modern archaeology in order to understand the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and their legacies. Lectures and tutorials.

Level 2

Thinking through Archaeology

Explore the definition of human society, the nature of scientific reasoning and historical analysis, and the place of archaeology today. Lectures, debates and presentations.

Archaeology Matters

Develop your research skills and understanding of the cultural, ethical and professional contexts of archaeological research and heritage conservation, through a collaborative field project. Lectures, as well as practical sessions in the field and archives.

Archaeology Matters webpage

Science in Archaeology

Investigate the role of science in archaeological research, from the development of dating frameworks to the study of environmental change, the study of biological evolution,demography, technology and diet to the movement of people, animals, plants and materials. Lectures and lab practicals.

Archaeology and Text

Critically examine the relationship between History and Archaeology and re-evaluate the role of artefacts and documents in the investigation of the historical past, including how texts have transformed the way we think and act. Lectures and seminars.

Level 3


All of our single honours students complete a major research project in their final year, in the form of a dissertation. You will work closely with your supervisor to develop your project and will contribute to our understanding of the past in the process. Research Design, Presentation and Dissertation.

Find out more about current dissertation projects.

While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department.

And the following is an indicative list of optional modules:

Plus many more!

*Depending on a student's choice of placement, this may involve additional travel or other costs.

Each module provides an alternative study focus and approach to archaeology and crucially each is intellectually stimulating.

Rebecca, BSc Archaeology

The lecturers deliver the latest ideas and thinking in their subject areas as well as informing students about their own research. Due to the diverse modules offered here, it is possible to undertake field, lab or traditional lecture-based modules.

Thea, BA Archaeology