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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

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  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

This dynamic course brings together the rigour of the scientific laboratory and the excitement of fieldwork. It will help you to understand archaeology across the world, drawing on the latest scientific techniques, such as DNA analysis, bone chemistry and the study of archaeological bone and plant remains. **Year 1**Compulsory modules: Archaeology in Britain / Archaeology Practicals / Scientific Methods in Archaeology 1.Optional modules; choose up to three modules from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Discovering World Prehistory/ Cities in Antiquity / Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post-Medieval World / Ancient Civilisations of the East / One or two modules in another department.**Year 2**Compulsory modules: Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) / Scientific Methods in Archaeology 2 / Developing Archaeological Research (required to take a dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3).Optional modules; choose two modules selected from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Prehistoric Europe / Becoming Roman / Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain / East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age / Ancient Mediterranean civilisations: East and West / Advanced skills in Archaeology (Single) / Another module listed under 4 OR a module in any department (including a language module).**Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)**Compulsory modules: Dissertation (double module) / Advanced Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) / Scientific Methods in Archaeology 3.Optional modules; take two modules from: Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single or double) / Interpreting Heritage / Museum Representation / A module in any department.**Fieldwork**All Single Honours students undertake six weeks’ compulsory fieldwork; three weeks at our field school in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of your choice in the second year. For Single Honours students, only one module in any department may be taken over the second and third years.We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.**Study Abroad**Archaeology: We are part of the ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Studying abroad through one of these exchanges, like the Year Abroad, will involve inserting an extra year into your programme of study between your second and final years. If, in your second year, your application for a place is successful, you will be transferred from the three-year version of your degree to a four-year version. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places round the world.For more information about this course please visit the University website.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 21,800per year

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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.

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University information

Durham University

  • University League Table

    7th

  • Campus address

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

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 32

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    162 80%

    5th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    75 75%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%

    10th

    3

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