This course allows students to develop a general overview of world archaeology, but also to focus on the range of scientific technqiues used to explore the past. By learing to use techniques, such as DNA analyis, bone chemistry, enviromental sampling and the analysis of human and animal skeletal remains, they will become equiped with cutting edge scientific and technical skills.
F402 Archaeology BSc Undergraduate 2020
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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.
- Archaeology in Britain
- Archaeology Practicals
- Scientific Methods in Archaeology 1.
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.
- 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).
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)
- Dissertation (double module)
- Advanced Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2)
- Scientific Methods in Archaeology 3.
Two modules from:
- Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single or double)
- Interpreting Heritage
- Museum Representation
- A module in any department.
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.
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.
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 also allow hands-on experience of the work professional archaeologists perform. 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 the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree 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-on-one attention from a personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they start) is part of the learning experience throughout, by the final year classroom time gives way, to independent research, including a dissertation, you will be supported by one-on-one supervision that makes up a third of final year credits. This degree transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal 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.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A level - AAB.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD.
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.
Science A levels
Applicants taking Science A levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A levels with an English examination board.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
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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).
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