Course details

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

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

Department of Archaeology

Top 50 in the world for archaeology
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Course description

This course combines the study of historical texts with the investigation of past societies through the material record. 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, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 5 in Higher Level History
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject + B in A Level History or Classical Civilisation
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B, typically in History or Classical Civilisation
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, typically including History or Classical Civilisation
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • 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 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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:

Classical World and Its Legacy
History Workshop
Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism

Optional modules:

Empire: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The Disenchantment of Early Modern Europe
The Making of the Twentieth Century
The Transformation of the United Kingdom, 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
Appeasement, the Munich Crisis and the British People
Archaeology Matters
Culture in Early Modern Europe
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
Empire, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Europe
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
From the Pharaohs to Alexander the Great: The Battle for the Ancient World
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Religion in an Age of Terror: Ancient Texts and the Making of Modern Israel.
Revolution, Reform and Crusade in 11th-c. Europe
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
Social Crisis and Political Change in England, 1550-1640
Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec society in the early sixteenth century
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
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 Irish Republican Brotherhood, 1858-85
The Making of Modern India, 1780-1965
The Medieval Inquisition
The Myth of Venice
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)
Trumpism: An American Biography
Two Germanys, `One People'? Central Europe, 1945-1990
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Dissertation
Dissertation in Archaeology
A Comparative History of Revolution
Archaeozoology
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence I
Art, Power and History: Ideals and Reality in Renaissance Florence II
Athens and the Black Sea
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Britain's Social Revolution: Welfare, State and Society, c. 1870-1914
Catastrophes and Climate Change: prehistory to Modernity
Conflict, Cultures and (De)Colonisation
Decoding the Landscape: integrated methods in landscape archaeology
Egypt in the age of empire
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Empire of Faith: The Making of Global Catholicism, 1500-1700
Ending the Cold War
Ending the Cold War
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
From Julius Caesar to Augustus: Rome's Revolution (89 BC-14 AD)
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Humour and Laughter in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Mao and the Making of Twentieth-Century China
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Merchants, Mariners and Migrants: The English Overseas, 1570-1624
Money, Power and Society
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 I
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74 II
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Resistance & Liberation in South Africa: Gandhi to Mandela
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Short Dissertation
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
Slavery in the American South, 1789-1861
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 Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Irish Revolution, 1912-1923
The Spanish Civil War I
The Spanish Civil War II
The Uses of History
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity I
The Weimar Republic - Laboratory of Modernity II
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.

Department of Archaeology

The Department of Archaeology at Sheffield has a reputation for world-leading research and teaching in archaeology. We're among the top 50 archaeology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

You'll be taught by experts in their field who are at the forefront of their research. Our research-led teaching draws directly on the work of our inspirational academics who are experts in the specialist fields of bioarchaeology, medieval archaeology, cultural materials, funerary archaeology, Mediterranean archaeology and landscape archaeology.

Our cutting-edge laboratory facilities, purpose-built in 2017, house extensive bioarchaeological research collections and modern experimental equipment.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, bringing science, the humanities and other related areas to your studies. Our multidisciplinary teaching helps you develop a strong set of skills. Our graduates are articulate, analytical and creative. They are also adaptable, curious and culturally aware. We have alumni working all over the world in a diverse range of fields, including archiving, archaeology, teaching, museums, charities, publishing, and national and local government.

Our staff and students play an important role in the life of the city through projects and partnerships with heritage groups, commercial archaeologists and heritage providers. You'll share your understanding with others, and by doing this you'll help local communities make sense of their origins, and get a sense of their place in the wider world.

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 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

We talk to employers to make sure you develop the qualities they're looking for. Our close links with community heritage groups, commercial archaeologists and heritage providers give you direct access to research opportunities, work placement experience and valuable careers advice.

Your analytical, creative, communication and teamwork skills will open doors to a range of careers within and beyond archaeology.

Approximately 40 per cent of our graduates go on to work in archaeology or the heritage sector. Many graduates work 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 areas such as journalism, teaching, healthcare, law, accountancy and the media.

Student profile


Rosalind Buck - BA Archaeology and Prehistory

"Sheffield has taught me never to underestimate all the fascinating possibilities of archaeology."

Rosalind Buck ,
BA Archaeology and Prehistory

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