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Historical Archaeology BA (Hons)

University of York

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-23

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Historical Archaeology explores the material remains of the last 2,000 years - the period for which texts and document sources exist.

Understanding and analysing these sources enables us to understand human lives, from the spread of the Roman Empire to everyday life for the Vikings.

If you are considering a degree in History but want a course which will make you stand out from the crowd, our BA Historical Archaeology could be for you. Many of our students have studied history, but also have a passion for historic sites, material culture or museums. With Historical Archaeology, you get the best of both worlds.

Our department is renowned for being friendly and welcoming, meaning you'll get to know your lecturers, and they'll get to know you. You'll have endless opportunities to get involved, from joining the Archaeology Society to working abroad on a research project. We're based in the King's Manor in the city centre - a beautiful and truly unique Medieval building, with additional state-of-the-art facilities on the main campus.

York is the UK’s archaeological capital, with historic buildings and significant remains from the Roman, Viking and Medieval periods. You'll find it a great place to call home.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), the leading professional body representing archaeologists working in the UK and overseas. Accreditation recognises the value of real knowledge of working practices across the sector and provides you with the opportunity to join CIfA as a means of supporting your professional development.

Assessment and feedback

You'll be assessed using a variety of methods, including essays, exams, assessed presentations and team projects.

During your degree, we'll help you to develop the skills you'll need to approach your assessments, from presentation skills to designing a research study. We'll take the time to provide detailed and personalised feedback on your work, allowing you to improve and refine your work.

Your course will culminate with the exciting challenge of leading and chairing a seminar, organising and presenting a lecture, and researching and writing a dissertation. You'll graduate confident in your ability to cope with challenges and able to apply your skills to many areas of work.

Careers and skills

There has never been a better time to study archaeology. With major new infrastructure projects such as HS2 and Cross rail underway, there is a national shortage of archaeologists in the country.

However, studying Archaeology doesn't mean you have to become an archaeologist. Our degrees prepare you for a vast range of careers; the unique combination of humanities and sciences at York means you'll be competent in dealing with data as well as able to produce high-quality essays and reports.

If you're interested in going into the heritage sector, you'll be able to choose modules which provide you with a solid grounding in heritage studies alongside the practical skills needed to kick-start your career. York is a real centre for the heritage industry, and you'll have the opportunity to forge links with museums and heritage organisations through optional volunteering, internships and placements.

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 19,600per 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 York

  • University League Table

    19th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 33 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    135 68%

    12th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73.0 73%

    9th

    7
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.47 89%

    1st

    9

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