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Natalie Barks
Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2900
Email archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Archaeology

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Course description

Studying languages alongside archaeology gives you a greater insight into the historical and cultural development of other countries and societies.

On this flexible dual programme you'll have the option to study archaeology alongside a choice of French, German, Spanish and Russian as major languages as well as Dutch, Czech, Polish, Luxembourgish, Portuguese and Catalan as minor options. You'll develop specific and highly valuable language skills as well as a deep understanding of how we understand the human past through archaeology.

In the language part of your degree you will develop your communication skills in your chosen language(s) before combining it with optional modules which include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

In the archaeology part of your degree you'll study archaeological and textual evidence and follow a range of other modules which will deepen your understanding of archaeological knowledge generation.

You'll spend your third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement. We also have a number of places on summer courses as well as the opportunity to work on archaeological excavations abroad.

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 BBB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBC typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 32, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDM typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U M2 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher BBBBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+BB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
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

School of Languages and Cultures website

First year

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

Russian for heritage speakers
Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Czech Language and Culture for Beginners 1
Czech Language and Culture for Beginners 2
Introduction to Russian Culture
Polish Language and Culture for Beginners 1
Polish Language and Culture for Beginners 2
Russian for Beginners (I)
Russian for Beginners (II)
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II
Aufbausprachkurs
French Beginners I
French Beginners II
French Critical Contexts I
French Critical Contexts II
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs
Language and Communication Skills I
Language and Communication Skills II
Russian Language I
Russian Language II
Understanding Modern France I
Understanding Modern France II

Second year

Core modules:

Thinking through Archaeology

Optional modules:

Archaeology Matters
Archaeology and Text
Contemporary Russian Society
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dutch Intermediate
Europe's First Farmers
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
Russian History and Society through Film
Russian Intermediate Translation Skills (Course B)
Science in Archaeology
Socialist Realism, Totalitarian Kitsch and Russian Postmodernism
Studies in Czech Culture
Studies in Polish Culture
The Age of the Vikings
The Ancient Greek Economy
The Celtic West: from the fall of Rome to the Viking Age
The Russian Language and Russian Society
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et d'interprétation du texte littéraire I
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et diinterprétation du texte littéraire II
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
Czech Intermediate I
Czech Intermediate II
Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
Deutsche Kultur (for Intermediate German)
Deutsche Politik und Medien (for Intermediate German)
Dutch Beginners A
Dutch Beginners B
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
German Film and Society
German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
Germany Remixed: German Pop Culture in Literature and Film since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
History of Dutch Language
Intensive Beginners Portuguese I
Intensive Beginners Portuguese II
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II
Intermediate German Language
Intermediate German Language II
L'Exclusion Sociale en France I
L'Exclusion Sociale en France II
Language and Communication Skills III
Language and Communication Skills IV
Maternalism and Militarism: 1871-1918
Medien und Oeffentlichkeit
Osterreich heute
Polish Intermediate I
Polish Intermediate II
Russian Language Skills (I) Course A
Russian Language Skills (I) Course B
Russian Language Skills (II) Course A
Russian Language Skills (II) Course B
The Rise of the Russian Novel
The World of French Words
Tolstoy and Chekhov
Two Revolutions: German Literature of the 1960s and 1970s
Understanding Modern France I (Beginners' Pathway)
Understanding Modern France II (Beginners' Pathway)
Writing the Revolution I
Writing the Revolution II

Third year

Core modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Dissertation in Archaeology

Optional modules:

Adaptations and Transformation
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Advanced Translation from Russian into English
Archaeozoology
Athens and the Black Sea
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Catastrophes and Climate Change: prehistory to Modernity
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cold War Culture
Contemporary Russian Society
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
Egypt in the age of empire
Experimental Archaeology
German for Enterprise
History of the Spanish Language
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Later Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain & Ireland
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Modern German Thought
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Primate and Human Evolution
Questioning Spain
Rome: Capital, Hinterland and Periphery
Russian History and Society through Film
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Socialist Realism, Totalitarian Kitsch and Russian Postmodernism
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
The Russian Language and Russian Society
Translation Studies
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
Work Place Learning
Advanced Russian Language and Russia Today I
Advanced Russian Language and Russia Today II
Advanced Russian Through Film
Advanced Russian Through Literary Texts
Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
German Core Language
German Translation
Language and Communication Skills V
Language and Communication Skills VI
Le Rire Gaulois I
Le Rire Gaulois II
Le Siècle des Lumières I
Le Siècle des Lumières II
Literature and Politics of the 'Post(-)colonial' I
Literature and Politics of the 'Post-Colonial' I
Litterature Et Democratie I
Litterature Et Democratie II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV
Presenting and Debating in German
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film I
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film II
The Rise of the Russian Novel
Tolstoy and Chekhov
Varieties of Written and Spoken Czech I
Varieties of Written and Spoken Czech II
Varieties of Written and Spoken Polish I
Varieties of Written and Spoken Polish II

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 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Assessment
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. Teamwork is central to the way we teach.

Study archaeology, and you'll discover the story of humanity over the past five million years - and you'll write your own chapter. 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 give one-to-one 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

School of Languages and Cultures

Jessop West building

The School of Languages and Cultures is made up of four departments: French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies and Russian and Slavonic Studies. You will be taught by experts from at least two of them.

Many of our teaching staff are leading researchers in their specialist areas. Between them, they cover a vast range of subjects, from medieval France to German cinema and the politics of Latin American countries.

Our language classes are small so everyone gets the chance to participate. Language tutors are very often native speakers.

Each department has its own student-run society, organising regular events, trips and creative projects. As a modern languages student at Sheffield your social life is multilingual and potentially very busy!

School of Languages and Cultures 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, health care and classical music.

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'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages

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Email archaeology@sheffield.ac.uk

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