Course details

A Levels BBB Other entry requirements
UCAS code F400
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Archaeology

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Natalie Barks
Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2900

Department of Archaeology

95% of students in work or further study six months after they graduate
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017

22nd in the world for archaeology
QS World University Rankings 2017

Course description

You'll develop a global, long-term perspective on the development of humanity and civilisation. This degree combines theory and practice, with teaching in the field and participation in research-led excavations.

The course explores human developments from hominids to modernity, and the prehistory and early history of Europe. You'll study significant issues of our human past and their relevance to present questions of origin, identity and belief. You'll explore the links between science and the humanities.

You can also choose to study this course on a part-time basis.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 32
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Archaeology website

First year

Core modules:

Emerging Europe: From Storage to Stonehenge & States
Revealing the Past
Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism

Optional modules:

Classical World and Its Legacy
The Origins of Humanity
World Civilisations

Second year

Core modules:

Archaeology Matters
Thinking through Archaeology

Optional modules:

Archaeology and Text
Europe's First Farmers
Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age
Science in Archaeology
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation in Archaeology

Optional modules:

Athens and the Black Sea
Catastrophes and Climate Change: prehistory to Modernity
Decoding the Landscape: integrated methods in landscape archaeology
Egypt in the age of empire
Experimental Archaeology
Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain & Ireland
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Work Place Learning

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's 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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 23%
Coursework 64%
Practical 13%

Department of Archaeology

You'll be taught by experts in their field who are internationally recognised for their research. Staff and students make discoveries together, supporting and helping each other to achieve great things.

Study archaeology, and you'll discover the story of humanity over the past five million years. We take an interdisciplinary approach, bringing in science, the humanities and other related areas. You'll share your understanding with others, and by doing this you'll help local communities to make sense of their origins, and get a sense of their place in the wider world.

Our range of teaching and learning styles is designed to help you develop the strongest possible range of skills. As well as lectures and seminars, we deliver tuition and practical classes using purpose-built labs and other superb facilities for analysing the data you find.

As your course progresses, you'll take more responsibility for learning on your own initiative. In your final project you'll design and carry out your own extensive programme of archaeological research.

Department of Archaeology website

What our graduates do

Archaeology at Sheffield opens up a wide range of career opportunities in archaeology, heritage, museums and within the environmental and cultural sectors.

Many graduates work in archaeology, in commercial units, national and local government, the charitable sector and university departments. Some choose to study for a postgraduate degree. Others have gone into journalism, teaching, the police, healthcare and the media.

Employers include English Heritage, Channel 4, the British Museum, the House of Commons, schools, universities and archaeological trusts.

Student profile

"I really enjoy the fieldwork in the summer because it's something tangible that you can really get to grips with, putting into practice what you learn."

Francesca Dorman

Our undergraduates discuss the course and how it has helped them develop the skills employers are looking for.

Fieldwork is an integral part of our single honours courses. We'll train you in the techniques you need, such as archaeological survey and excavation. You'll be engaged in the archaeological research process from the start, gaining new knowledge and making discoveries about the human past.

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