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Anthropology and Archaeology BA (Hons)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    St Cuthbert's Society

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

There are several areas of overlap between Anthropology and Archaeology, making them particularly suitable for combination in a joint honours degree. The BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology course combines modules from the BA/BSc (Hons) Anthropology degrees and BA (Hons) Archaeology, providing a comprehensive understanding of humanity both past and present.**Year 1**In the first year, students currently take four compulsory modules (two from each department) and select two optional modules (one from each department). One modern foreign language module can also currently be taken in place of an elective module from either Anthropology or Archaeology.Compulsory modules (20 credits each):Being HumanDiscovering World Prehistory.Optional modules in Anthropology (20 credits each):Peoples and CulturesHuman Evolution and DiversityHealth, Illness and SocietyDoing Anthropological Research.and Archaeology (20 credits each):Applied Archaeological MethodsAncient Civilisations of the EastArchaeology in BritainCities in AntiquityMedieval to Modern: an Introduction to the Archaeology of Medieval to Post Medieval WorldScientific Methods in Archaeology 1.**Year 2**In the second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of methods and theory in anthropology and archaeology, and pursue your growing interests through optional modules offered by both departments. Currently, students take two compulsory modules and four optional modules (two from each department).Compulsory modules (20 credits each):Debating Anthropology and ArchaeologyInterrogating Anthropology or Developing Archaeological Research.Optional modules in Anthropology (20 credits each):Anthropology Fieldwork moduleInterrogating AnthropologyKinship and ReligionPolitics and EconomicsGlobal Health and DiseaseSex, Reproduction and LoveEvolutionary Variation and AdaptationOur Place in Nature.Optional modules in Archaeology (20 credits each):Archaeological Method and TheoryPrehistoric Europe: From Foragers to State FormationBecoming Roman: From Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the WestArchaeology of Medieval and Post-medieval Britain in its European ContextThe East Mediterranean World in the Bronze AgeProfessional TrainingDeveloping Archaeological ResearchAncient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West.Scientific Methods in Archaeology 2.**Year 3**In the final year, you will design and carry out your own research for a dissertation in Anthropology or Archaeology, or an interdisciplinary dissertation in Anthropology and Archaeology. In addition, you will study advanced topics in Anthropology and Archaeology that are generally based on the research expertise of staff in both departments, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. You will choose eight topics from the 'Specialised Aspects' modules offered by each department (four topics from each).Compulsory module: (40 credits): Dissertation in Anthropology, Archaeology or in Anthropology & Archaeology.Optional modules in Anthropology (40 credits): Specialised Aspects in Social Anthropology / Evolutionary Anthropology / Health.Optional modules in Archaeology (40 credits): Specialised Aspects in Archaeology / Advanced Professional Training / Current Archaeology / Interpreting Heritage / Museum Representation.Study Abroad (Archaeology / Anthropology): For more information on this course, please see our website.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,500per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : AAB

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.


University information

Durham University

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    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 34 2

    3rd out of 32

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    167 84%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    162 80%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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