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Geography and Archaeology with Professional Placement BSc (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date

    OCT-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

This course 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.

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.

What career can you have?

Studying a joint honours degree in geography and archaeology means you will develop a broad range of subject-specific and transferable skills in the humanities and the sciences, preparing you for a diverse range of career opportunities.

You could make a difference through:

  • environmental consultancy work
  • pollution monitoring
  • joining the growing renewable and sustainable energy sector
  • formulating policies in central government
  • using your research skills in informational or intelligence services
  • contributing in the charities and voluntary sector
  • utilising your communication skills in teaching and education.

Alternatively, with an interest in the past you may choose to pursue a career in commercial archaeology or the heritage sector, perhaps in a museum or archive. There are also development-led archaeology opportunities in planning departments and commercial companies.

We have long-established, excellent relationships with employers within the archaeology and related sectors, including Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, both of which regularly consider our graduates for vacancies.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 20,830per year

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

University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    39th

  • 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 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is 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

    20th out of 32 1

    35th out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    114 57%

    22nd

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    24th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    9th

    4
  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    121 57%

    37th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69 69%

    39th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%

    66th

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