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Geography and Archaeology 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


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Deepen your understanding of the relationship between human societies and the natural world with our BSc Geography and Archaeology with Professional Placement degree.This four-year, joint honours course draws from two complementary disciplines to offer a uniquely comprehensive perspective on the world around us – and our place in it.The relationship between humans and our environments is the most important global challenge of the twenty-first century. With a joint focus in geography and archaeology, you will explore this relationship through the study of societies in both the past and present, and the physical processes that have formed – and continue to modify – the world around us.Gain practical knowledge and skills as well as a theoretical understanding of how the challenges we face have been tackled through time. You will be encouraged to apply the lessons from our past and present to address the global challenges of our future.You will look as far back as the earliest hominins millions of years ago and carry on up to the present day. Combining long-term and contemporary perspectives, you will gain deep insight into the impact of human behaviour on environmental change. Your highly-integrated studies in geography and archaeology will be well balanced, mixing humanities, culture, and social and natural sciences.**Professional Placement**A key component of this course is a fourth year so that you can complete a placement during your third year of study.A professional placement allows you to apply – and increase – your academic knowledge while enhancing your employability.Previous placement students have worked in labs and analysed samples, processed remains, conducted collections-based research, drawn archaeological finds, and investigated paleoclimate records.You can complete your placement with an employer in the UK or abroad, and take advantage of our connections with a range of organisations in the geographical and archaeological sectors.Alternatively, you may choose to complete a placement in a non-related business or industry to explore different career options.**Your learning environment**On this course you will learn through a combination of:- lectures- seminars- laboratory and other practical work- field classes- placements.Depending on your module choices, methods of assessment can range from fieldwork diaries and research projects to article critiques and laboratory reports.You will gain a thorough grounding in scientific geographical and archaeological techniques as you develop your analytical, surveying, planning, and excavation skills.You will also build your practical fieldwork skills through core field classes (currently based in the Somerset Levels), archaeological projects including the Archaeology Field School (currently run at Silchester Roman Town and Dunyvaig Castle on Islay), and national and international geography field classes (current venues include Spain, Berlin, Crete, Naples and Iceland).Specialist fieldwork equipment will enrich and support your learning, as will access to our extensive collections of artefacts, biological and geological specimens, analytical IT software facilities, and diverse suite of laboratories. You will also have access to our three on-site museums and the University’s special collections.**Flexible study options**Tailor your degree to your interests with our range of optional modules and flexible pathway structure. For example, you can pursue pathways in:- Identity and heritage- Climate change- Development and sustainability.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 23,700per year

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University information

University of Reading

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  • 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

    30th out of 71 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    119 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.15 83%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    121 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%



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