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Archaeology and History with Placement and Study Abroad BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our BA Archaeology and History with Placement and Study Abroad degree offers insights into the richness and variety of past human experience, covering a wide range of subjects and approaches.You will gain knowledge of a range of chronological periods, as well as develop your ability to analyse change over time and to compare cross-cultural and abstract concepts. This flexible course enables you to tailor your degree to your interests and apply what you learn in the real world.At the University of Reading, our expertise in archaeology starts with the earliest humans and spans up until the medieval period. We focus mainly on British, European and Near Eastern Archaeology, but also explore other regions across the world. You will learn about Burial Archaeology, Material Culture, Bioarchaeology (including human remains), Forensics, Past Environments (including Geoarchaeology), Museums and Gender Archaeology. Benefit from our dedicated Archaeology Building and specialist equipment, and learn in purpose-built laboratories.Our expertise in history covers a wide range of world regions – Europe and Africa to America, South Asia and the Middle East. Module choices cover several historical periods: these include the Crusades, the 1960s, slavery in America, the Tudor monarchy, Cold War Berlin and medieval magic. In your first year, core modules will explore people, politics, and revolution. You will find out how people struggled for power in past societies, and learn about the culture and concepts those societies developed.In the Department of History, our academics are experts at the forefronts of their disciplines. Their research feeds into your studies, exposing you to the latest developments in the field. In 2019, we achieved a 91% satisfaction score for the teaching on our BA History course in the National Student Survey.The Department of Archaeology is a research-intensive department at the cutting edge of social and scientific archaeology. 97% of our research was judged to be of international standing in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. We also have an outstanding track record for student satisfaction, with scores consistently between 90-100% for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, 2010-2019.**A study year abroad**This four-year degree course includes a placement or a year's study at a university abroad in your third year, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and international experience.If you are interested in studying abroad, you also have the opportunity to spend a term at one of our partner universities in your second year, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment.**Placements**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. Staff in the Department of History also have links to specific areas of interest such as Cliveden, Historic England, Reading Museum, Reading Borough Libraries and the Museum of Rural English Life (MERL). Alternatively you can apply for 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.Previous placement examples include:- Traineeship with Oxford Archaeology- Traineeship at the Field School- Archaeological science placement at QUEST, the University of Reading’s scientific consultancy company- Volunteering at the Ure Museum, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life- Human r

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

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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

    24th out of 90 31

  • 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
  • Entry standards

    / Max 213
    119 61%

    41st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%

    5th

    59
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    67th

    9

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