Fieldwork is an essential part of any applied science course and gives you a chance to put what you have learned into practice, as well as expanding your knowledge of a given subject.

During your time with us, you'll have the chance to get involved in a variety of exciting fieldwork projects, both in the UK and overseas.


Our location on the south coast gives us access to an array of fascinating habitats and some of the UK's top archaeological sites (such as Stonehenge and Maiden Castle Hillfort), allowing you to get involved in varied research projects and develop valuable experience in the field throughout your course. 

Undergraduate archaeologists, for example, receive training in survey and excavation skills before participating in our locally-based field school where you excavate part of Dorset's internationally important historic landscape. 

We also set up staged mass graves and disaster sites that you can examine and analyse during your course, allowing you to hone your skills and ensuring you encounter a variety of environments throughout your training. 


This is just a snapshot of the type of fieldwork you'll be getting involved with and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time putting what you learn in your lectures into practice in the field.

We will encourage you to get involved with the research projects we undertake within the faculty, as well as any relevant research being conducted in other departments across the university.

You will also have the option of undertaking overseas fieldwork, as part of a placement, which will give you experience of different environments, allow you to forge links with leading experts, and provide you with a valuable insight into how research expeditions are run. 

The skills you learn through fieldwork transfer to many professions outside the sphere of science too. Problem-solving skills and the ability to record and analyse data are useful tools regardless of the career you end up forging.