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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

BA Archaeology of the Historic World

This is a wide ranging archaeology course that harnesses student passions for history through researching historic sites, material culture and museums. The programme emphasises interdisciplinary learning and skills. Students have the option to study the material remains of the ancient, medieval and modern worlds, with an emphasis on the last 600 years. They can take modules in History, Classics, Ancient History, and other related subjects in departments across Durham University. Key themes incude the archaeology of industrialisation, conflict archaeology, colonialisation, transatlantic connections and south-east Asian trade.

F406 Archaeology of the Historic World BA Undergraduate  2020

Essentials

Essentials

UCAS code F406
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
AAB
BTEC
DDD
International Baccalaureate
36
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
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Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology
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Course Summary

Course Summary

Description

This is a wide-ranging archaeology course that harnesses your passion for history through researching historic sites, material culture and museums. The course emphasises interdisciplinary learning and skills. You will have the option to study the material remains of the ancient, medieval and modern worlds, with an emphasis on the last 600 years. You can take modules in History, Classics, Ancient History and other related subjects in departments across Durham. Key themes include the archaeology of industrialisation, conflict archaeology, colonialisation, transatlantic connections and south-east Asian trade.

Year 1 

Compulsory modules:

  • Archaeology of the Medieval to Modern World
  • Archaeology Practicals
  • Historical Archaeology: Methods and Sources.

Optional modules may include:

  • Archaeology in Britain
  • Cities in Antiquity
  • Ancient Civilizations of the East
  • Discovering World Prehistory.

Plus: Up to TWO modules from History or ONE module from any another department including Ancient History and Classics.

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Professional Training
  • Developing Archaeological Research
  • Debates in Historical Archaeology.

Optional modules:

  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain
  • Becoming Roman
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West
  • Advanced Skills (Single or Double)
  • Up to TWO modules from History
  • East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age

Plus: ONE module from another department including Ancient History & Classics or ONE module from the above AND a language module.

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation (Double module)
  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology.

Optional modules:

  • Current Archaeology
  • Advanced Professional Training
  • Interpreting Heritage
  • Museum Representation
  • Up to ONE module in History

Plus: Up to ONE module in any other department or a language module.

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Learning and Teaching

Course Learning and Teaching

On this course you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, fieldwork, excavation, informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (duo). Seminars, tutorials, and practical classes are much smaller groups than lectures, with tutorials often involving no more than eight students working with a professor or lecturer; seminars and practicals can be larger but are still small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors.

Practicals allow hands-on experience of the work professional archaeologists do. The same is true of fieldwork, which at Durham is fully funded, and consists of engaging in archaeological work in the field with members of academic staff.

This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of your learning experience rather than the number of formal sessions. In fact, this degree course is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.

Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from your personal academic advisor (provided to all students when they enter the course) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by your final year classroom time gives way to independent research, including a dissertation, you will be supported by one-to-one supervision and this will make up a third of your final year credits. This degree will transform you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin the week before you start and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

You can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

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Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A level - AAB. 

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended DiplomaDDD.

International Baccalaureate score - 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £20,500.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Open Days and Visits

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus