Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code FV41
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Archaeology History

Any questions?

Natalie Barks
Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2900
Email archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/undergraduate

Department of History

94% student satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

3rd best history department in the UK for world-leading research
Research Excellence Framework

Department of Archaeology

92% satisfied with their course
National Student Survey 2016

13th in the world for Archaeology
QS World University Rankings 2016

Course description

This course combines the study of historical texts with the investigation of past societies through the material record. Carrying out archaeological fieldwork will give you a broad understanding of the early history of Europe and a deeper insight into significant historical issues.Studying in two departments will enhance your understanding of both subjects, and how they inform each other.

At level one, you'll study archaeological and historical evidence and its relevance to the study of late prehistory and history.

Levels two and three allow you to develop your understanding and specialise in the aspects of archaeology and history that interest you most.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

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 ABB including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including History + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, 6 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject plus B in A Level History
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including History
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B in History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB including History
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

Course information on Department of History website

First year

Core modules:

Emerging Europe: From Storage to Stonehenge & States
History Workshop
Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of Britain, 1800 to the Present

Second year

Core modules:

Archaeology and Text
Historians and History

Optional modules:

A Protestant Nation? Religion, Politics and Culture in England 1560-1640
Archaeology Matters
Becoming America, 1690-1763
Coercion and Consent in the Third Reich
Culture in Early Modern Europe
European Fascism
Gender and Sexuality on Modern Britain, 1850 to the Present
Gender, Culture and Society: Britain 1689 - 1837
Global Lives: South Asian Travel and Migration in the Age of Empire
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Match of the Day: The Nika Riot of 532
Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Power and Protest in Late Medieval England, 1348-1509
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
The Battle for China's Future, 1839-1949
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Myth of Venice
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
The Ten Commandments
The Welfare State in Britain, 1900-2015.
Tolerance and Dissent in Europe (12th - 16th Centuries)
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation
Dissertation in Archaeology
A Comparative History of Revolution
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats & Revolutionaries, 1830-86
Athens and the Black Sea
Berlin in the Twentieth Century
Berlin in the Twentieth Century
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Catastrophes and Climate Change: prehistory to Modernity
Cities
Cultural Encounters
Decoding the Landscape: integrated methods in landscape archaeology
Egypt in the age of empire
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Emotions and identity in twentieth-century Britain: from stiff upper lip to Facebook
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 I
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945 II
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
Forced into Being: How Involuntary Migration Created Ancient Israel
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Half Slave and Half Free: The Origins of the U.S. Civil War
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Short Dissertation
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Solidarity, Sabotage, Students: Protest in Europe from 1968 to 1989
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 I
Stalinism and De-Stalinisation, 1929-1961 II
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The American War in Vietnam, 1945-1975
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry I
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry II
The Paris Commune I
The Paris Commune II
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 I
The Road to Civil War: England 1621-1642 II
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The Uses of History
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
The Wars of the Roses: Empire in Crisis, c.1440-1509
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
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 two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 86%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 35%
Coursework 58%
Practical 7%

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

Department of History

Study with us and you'll get a taste of hands-on history, with practical experience and opportunities for work placements and volunteering.

Our courses are about opening your eyes to the world and all its possibilities. Whatever your chosen career, we can help you to develop the intellectual skills you'll need to succeed.

There's a maximum of 12 people in your seminars during the first year- so you'll get to share ideas in a close and supportive environment. When it comes to doing your dissertation, you'll have individual support from one of your tutors. You'll build a close working relationship with your personal tutor who will help you to settle in and reach your full potential.

Department of History 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
Archaeology



"I came on an Open Day and fell in love with this University and Sheffield. This department is always quite good in the league tables so it's a great place to do history."

Sarah Bramham
History

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Email archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk

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