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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Department of Archaeology
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Department of Archaeology

Top 50 in the world for archaeology
Guardian University League Tables 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 HL History
BTEC DDM in a relevant subject + B in A Level History or Classical Civilisation
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B, typically including History
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
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 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 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
Land of Liberty? Rights in the USA, 1776-2016
Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
The 'Disenchantment' of Early Modern Europe, c. 1570-1770
The Making of the Twentieth Century

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
Asian Britain: Travel, Migration, Diaspora
Decolonisation: The End of Empire & the Future of the World
From World War to Cold War: Europe 1945-1968
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, 1850 to Present
Gender in Britain in the Long Eighteenth-Century
Holy Russia, Soviet Empire: Nation, Religion, and Identity in the 20th Century
Imperial Germany, 1871-1918
Life Worth Living
Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age
Modern Japanese History
Murder in the cathedral: the Becket Affair
Shell-Shock to Prozac: Mental Health in Britain
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 Easter Rising: Living, Fighting and Dying in 1916
The Export of England: Seventeenth Century Trade and Empire
The Family in Late Antiquity: Romans, Barbarians and Christians
The Gunpowder Plot
The History of American Foreign Relations
The Medieval Inquisition
The Northern Ireland 'Troubles' and Peace Process
Trumpism: An American Biography
Writing History

Third year

Optional modules:

Anarchy in the UK? Radicals, Democrats and Revolutionaries 1830-1886
Breaking up (in) the Carolingian Empire
Cannibals and Christians: Mexico and Spain, c.1492-1600
Capitalism and Identity in 19th-century Britain
Contested Visions: Imagining an Empire in mid-nineteenth century Britain
Dissertation in Archaeology
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain, 1923-1945
Humanitarianism, Internationalism and the British Empire, 1900-2000
Permissive Britain? Social and Cultural Change 1956-74
Popes, Caliphs, Emperors, 1095-1229
Slavery in the American South, 1789-
The English People and the English Revolution, 1640-1651
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
The United States and the Cold War, 1945-1975
The World of Intoxicants in Early Modern England
Tools of Empire? Medicine, Science and Colonialism, 1800-1950
A Comparative History of Revolution
Athens and the Black Sea
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
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Short Dissertation
The Family
The Uses of History

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

As a History student at Sheffield, you'll develop your understanding of the past in a friendly and supportive environment.

Our internationally renowned tutors offer modules spanning four thousand years and criss-crossing continents - allowing you to explore great events, extraordinary documents, remarkable people, and long-lasting transformations, from the ancient period to the modern day and across the globe.

You can tailor your course to suit you, discovering the areas of History that most inspire you most while preparing for the future you want with opportunities like studying abroad, work placements and volunteering.

Department of History website

What our graduates do

The archaeology workforce in the UK needs to grow by 25 per cent over the next five years and by 64 per cent by 2033 to meet the demands of infrastructure projects. Sheffield graduates are highly skilled and equipped to join this growing industry.

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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