Evidence shows there’s been a huge surge in demand for archaeologists in the UK following a sharp rise in infrastructure projects, so there’s never been a better time to study this degree at BU.
You can take the degree as a BA or BSc according to whether you prefer an arts-based or scientific route. All students study the same first year so it’s easy to transfer from one to the other. There’s a combination of academic study and practical experience in place, producing highly skilled practitioners experienced in all forms of landscape survey, remote sensing, excavation and recording. The skills you will develop are recognised by many employers as being relevant within and beyond the heritage sector.
You’ll learn through expert-led lectures, seminars and a range of exciting and relevant fieldwork opportunities all over the UK. As well as a five-week and an optional 30-week work placement, you may get to take part in excavations organised by our active team of archaeologists, such as the excavations in the Cotswolds that uncovered a 6,000-year-old prehistoric burial monument.
You will also attend BU’s archaeological field school, the Durotriges Project 'Big Dig' Field School, at the end of your first year. This is a large scale excavation, where in previous years, our students have discovered significant finds that have changed the way we view the past. It's a unique opportunity to gain experience of working on a real site. You could also work with commercial archaeologists to gain essential transferable skills recognised by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists.
See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.
This course received a 91% overall satisfaction rating from final year students in the latest National Student Survey. However, There was insufficient data to publish information specifically for this course. This is either because the course size is small or respondent numbers were low. Therefore, the data displayed is for all students in Archaeology Subject level 3. Why not join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day?
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All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.
This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in June 2020 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), working in partnership with University Archaeology UK
All subjects considered
International entry requirements:
For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum of 6.0 in either reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.