Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QV84
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up tuition fee and additional costs
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

Our BA gives you a detailed insight into the archaeology of the classical and historical periods, and encompasses the study of ancient Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe and the Mediterranean. You'll discover why archaeology is vital to our understanding of these civilisations and their legacies.

You'll develop your skills in a broad range of archaeological methods across the arts and sciences, through a combination of hands-on learning and small-group teaching. Your degree gives you the chance to work alongside world-class researchers on a range of archaeological materials, from human bones to ancient metal objects.

Right from the start, you'll get in-depth archaeological experience. You'll do a minimum of six weeks either in the field, the laboratory or the workplace. We have a dedicated field school for excavation training and you'll have the chance to get involved in staff research projects, lab work and excavations.

We have cutting-edge laboratory facilities and extensive archaeological research collections, including human, animal and plant remains. We also have modern experimental equipment, including a 3D portable structured light scanner.

How your degree is structured
The first year provides an introduction to the classical world and archaeological research process. Our field school will give you a solid foundation in the methods of archaeological excavation.

In the second year, you'll deepen your understanding of the classical and historical worlds, and build on your research skills and archaeological experience.

In the third year, you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules. Topics could include Egypt in the Age of Empire, Athens and the Black Sea, and Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery. An optional workplace learning module gives you the chance to gain valuable practical experience in a professional working environment. Your placement will be in the archaeology or heritage sector. For example, you might work for a commercial unit, in a laboratory or for a museum.

To complete your degree, you'll carry out a piece of original scientific research in the form of a dissertation. Your academic supervisor will work closely with you from the second year to develop your project. Your research will contribute to our understanding of the past and you'll share your findings in our student research conference.

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 ABB
A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
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 C/4; 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

First year

Core modules:

Classical World and Its Legacy
Human origins, migrations and identities
Revealing the Past
Towards modernity: anthropology, archaeology & colonialism
Professional Experience and Development

Optional modules:

Archaeology of Britain: from Prehistory to the Industrial Revolution
World Civilisations

Second year

Core modules:

Archaeology and Text
Thinking through Archaeology
Professional Experience and Development

Optional modules:

Archaeology Matters
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
The Rise of Rome and its Empire (c.500-90 BCE)

Third year

Core modules:

Dissertation in Archaeology
Professional Experience and Development

Optional modules:

Archaeozoology
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.

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

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

Practical experience, including fieldwork, is an integral part of this course. We'll train you in the techniques you need, such as archaeological survey and excavation, and laboratory analysis. You'll be engaged in the archaeological research process from the start, gaining new knowledge and making discoveries about the human past.

On your BA Classical and Historical Archaeology degree you'll learn:
- excavation techniques
- how to carry out geophysical surveying
- how a field project is organised
- how to analyse and interpret material evidence and see how different specialists work together.

You'll do a minimum of six weeks either in the field, the laboratory or the workplace. We also have an optional workplace learning module, which gives you the chance to gain valuable practical experience in a professional working environment. Or you can spend a year working in the profession as part of the University's Degree with Employment Experience.

All the practical experience you gain is recorded in your Archaeology Skills Passport, which is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

There are many other ways to enhance your learning and experience. For example, you could get involved in staff research projects, lab work and excavations. Many of our students also coordinate local volunteering projects in schools or heritage and community groups.

Inclusive fees
If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will be included in your tuition fee. This means that we will pay for your compulsory field trips, lab equipment and excavation kit.

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Email archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk

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