We’re based in one of the most biodiverse regions of the UK and are close to a number of globally important historical sites, which means that we’re ideally placed to offer a wide range of fieldwork opportunities to students on relevant courses.

UK-based fieldwork opportunities

As well as being on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast, we’re close to important historical and archaeological sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle and the Roman villas of Hampshire and Sussex.

Students on many of our science-based courses have the opportunity to work on projects in Dorset’s historic landscapes. One of our stand-out events for archaeology students is the Place Field School where you can get involved in a large-scale excavation. In the past, our students have made historically significant finds during our annual field schools, including the skeletons of a Roman family.

For our forensic science students, we also have a purpose-built crime scene house, where crime scenes can be staged and investigated. Our students can also use the Streetwise facility, which is run by Dorset County Council and can be used to simulate indoor and outdoor crime scenes on a larger scale.

International fieldwork opportunities

Our students don’t only join fieldwork projects in the UK - there are various opportunities to travel overseas and work on exciting research expeditions with international teams. In the past, our students have travelled to places such as Ecuador, Iceland, Cyprus, Finland, Kenya and Kazakhstan to participate in research projects.

International fieldwork is optional and while we will support you in your application to join overseas research expeditions relevant to your course, you will be expected to finance your own travel costs.