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VF14 Ancient History and Archaeology BA Undergraduate 2016

Essentials

UCAS code VF14
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
AAA
International Baccalaureate (IB)
37*
Alternative qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs/

Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology
www.durham.ac.uk/classics
Email
arch.ugsecretary@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1100

Course Content

Description

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Archaeology in Action
  • Cities in Antiquity.

Archaeology

Choose one module from:

  • Applied Archaeological Methods
  • Discovering World Prehistory
  • Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post- Medieval World
  • Ancient Civilisations of the East
  • OR: a language module
  • And, Ancient History: Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Year 2

Three modules in Ancient History OR: two modules in Ancient History and a language module.

Three modules in Archaeology from:

  • Professional Training (includes three weeks of excavation in the summer preceding Level 2)
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Field Archaeology of Britain 
  • Developing Archaeological Research (this module is compulsory if you intend to take a Dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3) 
  • Prehistoric Europe: from foragers to state formation 
  • Becoming Roman: from Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the West 
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West 
  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-Medieval Britain in its European Context 
  • East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
  • Field Archaeology of Britain
  • Or a language module.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (double module) registered in either Classics or Archaeology.

Optional modules

Choose two modules from Archaeology:

  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (double module)
  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single module) 
  • Advanced Skills in Archaeology 
  • Bones and Human Societies 
  • Current Issues in Archaeology (half module) + Advanced Professional Training (half module) 
  • Interpreting Heritage (half module – includes a field trip in the period after the Level 2 exam) or a language module.
  • Two modules in Ancient History or one module from Ancient History and a language module.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is not compulsory for Joint Honours students but all Joint Honours students are encouraged to attend three weeks at our international field school at Binchester Roman Fort in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of their choice in the second year.

Joint Honours students may only take one language module in a year.

Study Abroad

Archaeology

We are part of the SOCRATES/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.

Classics and Ancient History

Single Honours courses include an optional European Studies element as part of the ERASMUS scheme, whereby students may spend the third year of a four-year course studying at a European university. We currently have ERASMUS exchange links with universities in Belgium (Liege), France (Bordeaux), Germany (Tubingen, Munich), Greece (Athens), Italy (Bologna, Rome, Milan, Vercelli), the Netherlands (Free University, Amsterdam, Groningen), Spain (Seville) and Switzerland (Fribourg), with further to come. Students interested in studying abroad should apply to transfer to the European Studies course after their first year of study.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

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.
  • We will be reviewing our entry requirements for 2016 entry in the summer of 2015 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2016 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2015
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A.

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees and Funding

 

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

Career Opportunities

Archaeology

A degree in archaeology will provide you with skills in teamwork, practical and intellectual problem solving and critical analysis of evidence, in addition to providing you with enhanced knowledge on specific aspects of the human past and present.

Durham University as a whole was recently ranked top 25 in the world by employers for the quality of its graduates. Our students are always in high demand in the professional sector, with many gaining employment not only in archaeology-related fields, such as conservation, heritage, museums and commercial labs and units, but also in education, business, finance and defence.

The survey of 2013 Archaeology leavers revealed that 84.7% secured employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating. Of those who went into further study, 100% are in graduate level further study. 

 

Specific Archaeology Employment: Commercial field units & consultancies; Museums & Heritage Management; Local Government; Academic sphere; National Heritage bodies (e.g. Inspectors of Ancient Monuments, field workers, Climate Change Managers); The National Trust, Churches Conservation Trust, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; National Finds Advisors, Portable Antiquities Scheme; Durham University.

 

Beyond Archaeology: The City; Business Management & Administration; Education (all levels, many subjects); Marketing and Advertising; Small and Medium Enterprises; Armed Forces; International charities; Conservation; Ecological and Environmental spheres (e.g. environmental impact assessments); Forensics (inc. International War Crime investigation); Publishing and journalism; Media production and research; Law.

 

Employers have included: Deloitte, Boots, E.ON, PwC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Citi Group, Accenture, Fortnum & Mason, Smith & Williamson, Kuoni Travel, The UK Government, HM Treasury, the British Army, Survival International and Dig Deep (Africa), English Heritage, Historic Scotland, CADW, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and York Archaeological Trust. 

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works with closely the department in facilitating student access to job and work experience opportunities, careers and employability events, employer workshops and presentations, skills programmes and tailored individual careers guidance. A dedicated Careers Adviser is available to support Anthropology students individually and collectively.

 

Development Opportunities

Throughout your programme you will be invited to attend in-department employability talks and evenings, and careers fairs organised by the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre, as well as one-on-one sessions with your personal academic advisor.

Work Experience

In your first year you will spend three weeks working on our internationally significant Binchester excavation.

In your second, you will organise a three week placement working alongside a fieldwork team or in a museum/laboratory. These placements act as opportunities to experience archaeology in 'real-world' situations.

Among the skills valued by many employers around the world, Archaeology at Durham offers you:
  • Team work
  • Evidence evaluation, advocacy and debate
  • Project Management
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Use of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Oral, written and visual presentation
  • Public engagement
  • Scientific lab work
  • Health and Safety awareness
  • Geography and landscape analysis
  • Sampling techniques and strategies
  • Interpretation of maps and satellite imagery
  • Indepth knowledge of world history, culture and religion

Classics and Ancient History

Classics students from universities such as Durham are highly valued by employers, who realise that, in studying for your degree, you have not only mastered the intricacies of Latin grammar, Augustan foreign policy or Aristotelian metaphysics, but have also acquired skills which are readily transferable in the jobs market. You have learned, for example, to think logically, to compile and evaluate evidence and to express yourself clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing. The aptitude of classicists for careers in computing is well-known, but our graduates have also found their way into careers as diverse as the civil service, gold dealing, insurance, journalism, law, accountancy, public relations and the theatre.

Among our many distinguished alumni: Robert Swan was the first man to walk to both poles, and a leading environmentalist. He studied Ancient History in Durham, from 1976-1979. Jenny Willott, who studied Classics at Durham, has been MP for Cardiff Central since 2005. (She made headlines when she resigned as Chris Huhne’s Parliamentary Aide over the issue of Unviersity tuition fees.) And Matt Barber, who read Classical Studies and Philosophy at Durham between 2002-2005, can be seen as Atticus Aldridge on 'Downton Abbey'.

�The world class teaching and reputation of Durham meant I was able to start my career in a national museum within three months of leaving my course and before graduation.�
Edward Purvis, BA (Hons) Ancient History (2006)

Of those students that left in 2013:

- 37% are in full time paid employment

Of those students in employment:

- 63% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £19,500

Of those in further study:

- 95% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889)

A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree in Classics and Ancient History. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a Masters, notably at Durham but also other prestigious institutions. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, finance and teaching to name but a few.

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works with closely the department in facilitating student access to job and work experience opportunities, careers and employability events, employer workshops and presentations, skills programmes and tailored individual careers guidance. The department delivers a number of events in partnership with the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre including 'Beyond the BA' and 'Beyond the MA'.   

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

Campus tours

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/campus.tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

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

Department Information

Archaeology

Overview

One of the most exciting and varied subjects to study. One of the very best places at which to study it.

Archaeology at Durham University covers everything from the Palaeolithic to the Post-Medieval, from Iceland to India, from architecture to ancient DNA, helping us to address some of the most fundamental questions about who we are. A broad and dynamic subject, archaeology changes constantly with new discoveries and the development of innovative research.

This fascinating degree allows you to combine practical hands-on work with traditional academic study. You will take part in fieldwork, on real excavations and finds and learn about historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theories, computer techniques and how they all help us to understand the past. Our staff are leaders in their fields, we have professional links with many notable historic organisations and our graduates are highly employable in the archaeology sector and elsewhere.

Rankings
  • 97% of our Archaeology students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 92%).
  • Ranked 1st in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
  • 2nd in The Complete University Guide 2016.
  • 4th in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
Facilities

Durham has one of the largest Archaeology departments in Britain, with 28 full-time members of teaching staff. The Department is close to the University’s first-class Bill Bryson Library, which has some of the best archaeological holdings in northern Britain. We are one of the most comprehensively equipped Archaeology departments in the UK, offering project rooms, teaching laboratories and internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology and soil and bone chemistry, which have recently undergone a £3.2 million refurbishment. Other facilities include a computer room, photographic studio, and common room. A commercial archaeological unit, Archaeological Services (Durham University), is also part of the Department and works with the Department to provide training in excavation and fieldwork skills.

You will have access to two University Museums; the Museum of Archaeology on Palace Green houses excellent Roman and medieval material from Durham in an international context and the Durham University Oriental Museum on Elvet Hill, is the only museum of its kind in the UK entirely devoted to the art and archaeology of cultures from Asia and Egypt.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology

Classics and Ancient History

Overview

Study the Greek and Roman world at one of the largest and most vibrant Classics departments in the UK.

Our academic staff work in a truly interdisciplinary way and specialise in a wide range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK. We offer a wide variety of modules: ancient Greek and Latin for every level of ability, surveys of the main periods and themes of Greek and Roman history, and teaching in all aspects of Classical culture, including philosophy, art, and literature in translation.

We have three Single Honours courses, with a common first year intended to emphasise the unity of the subject. Each of these degrees has a different emphasis, depending on which area you prefer to put at the centre of your degree: ancient languages, ancient history, or ancient culture.

Rankings
  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 94% of our Classics and Ancient History students were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2014 (sector-wide average 91%).
  • 4th in The Complete University Guide 2016
  • 5th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015.
Facilities

There is a well-stocked departmental library with a reading room and study space, plus a computer room. In addition, extracurricular activities are provided by the lively and friendly Students’ Classical Society, which often puts on a Greek or Roman play in English translation.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/classics

NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.

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