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Archaeological Science with Professional Placement BSc (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our BSc Archaeological Science with Professional Placement is one of the top scientific archaeology courses in the UK. You'll benefit from outstanding teaching collections and laboratory facilities – with dedicated spaces for the analysis of human remains, artefacts, plant pollen, and archaeological soils and sediments.Join a University that's ranked in the top 10 UK universities for Archaeology according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.We have an outstanding track record for student satisfaction, with satisfaction scores of 90-100% for the quality of our courses in the National Student Survey, 2010-2020.BSc Archaeological Science differs from our BA Archaeology course as it concentrates much more on the scientific and forensic aspects of archaeology. On this course, you will gain a wide range of skills to assist you in the study of human bones (including osteology and palaeopathology), enabling you to learn more about past societies, diets and diseases. You will have the opportunity to participate in a dedicated Field School during your course, providing you with direct hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation. Put your skills into practice, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing, and contribute to archaeological knowledge through our discoveries.The course also has a strong focus on environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, through which you will make fascinating discoveries about ancient human societies, as well as the evolution of landscapes and climate change.This diverse approach presents you with many areas to explore and specialise in, providing you with plenty of options for your final-year dissertation.If you are interested in studying abroad, you have the opportunity to spend a term at Aarhus University in Denmark or the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland in your second year, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment.**Placement year** This four-year degree course includes a placement, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and international experience. We provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts.Opportunities are available working across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors including: research institutions, government organisations, local planning authorities, archaeological consultancies, field units, specialists and archivists. Alternatively you can choose a placement in a non-related business or industry, exploring different career options and enhancing your employability by drawing on the many non-vocational, transferable skills you obtain from an Archaeology degree.Recent examples include:- Traineeship with Oxford Archaeology- Traineeship at the Field School- Archaeological science placement at QUEST, the University’s scientific consultancy company- Volunteering at the Ure Museum, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life- Human remains placement- Mediterranean Palaeoclimate Project placement- Hominin Skeletal Morphology placement- Archaeological Graphics placementOur department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.**Accreditation**Our BA Archaeology and BSc Archaeological Science courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and are among the first recognised for providing key skills relevant to careers in the historic environment. Student membership of CIfA is offered to all students enrolled on these courses, who then have access to CIfA's e-learning modules and specialist professional networks, which also provides details of available jobs in the profession. CIfA membership

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    36th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 33 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    119 61%

    17th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%

    25th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%

    15th

    6

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