Archaeology of the Historic World
Study the material remains of the ancient, medieval and modern worlds, with an emphasis on the last 600 years.
3 years full-time
This exciting BA Single Honours degree enables students to develop their passion for studying history in combination with archaeological training in historic-period material and visual culture, museum collections, buildings and landscapes and world heritage. With a particular focus on the archaeology of the last 2000 years, this course offers a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and skills providing an opportunity across all three years to study a combination of modules in the Departments of Archaeology and History and complement this with modules from other subject areas.
Classroom-led teaching and small-group seminar work are combined with practical, lab and collections-based training, field visits and participation in the annual field school. Students can choose from a range of specialist modules on the archaeology of historic period societies in Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, East and South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and Middle East as well as thematic modules covering aspects of the early modern and modern world, such as colonialization, transatlantic connections, slavery, trade and industrialisation.
In the first year, students acquire the basic range of intellectual and practical archaeological skills. In the second and third years students move to more in-depth study of particular topics and methods working closely with staff and developing their own independent research project in their third year.
Students studying this course can also follow a route accredited by CIfA, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Choosing an accredited undergraduate degree is widely recognised as the first step on a career pathway leading to professional status. To obtain a CIfA accredited degree, students study modules that equip them with the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge to act as a foundation for a career in the UK commercial archaeology sector.
Plus: Up to TWO modules from History or ONE module from any other department including Ancient History and Classics.
Plus: ONE module from another department including Ancient History & Classics or ONE module from the above AND a language module.
Plus: Up to ONE module in any other department or a language module.
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, Learn Ultra. 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 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.
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:
International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.
|Home students||£9,250 per year|
|EU students||£24,100 per year|
|Island students||£9,250 per year|
|International students||£24,100 per year|
The tuition fees shown for home 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 and EU 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.
We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities.Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries
(Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey. The survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing 15 months after graduation. Further information about the Graduate Outcomes survey can be found here www.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)
From the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval, from Iceland to India, from architecture to ancient DNA – broad and dynamic, archaeology changes constantly with new discoveries and innovative research. Combine hands-on work with traditional academic study. Learn from expert staff; take part in fieldwork, real excavations and finds; study historic buildings, scientific methods, archaeological theory and computer techniques; and learn how they all help us to understand the past.
For more information see our department pages.
For a current list of staff, please see our Archaeology pages.
We are one of the most comprehensively equipped archaeology departments in the UK. Our facilities include project rooms with state-of-the-art interactive technology, teaching laboratories, a computer suite, a photographic studio, internationally renowned scientific research laboratories in DNA, conservation, isotopes, environmental archaeology, luminescence dating, palaeopathology, soil and bone chemistry, and collections that support research in biometrics, informatics, and Anglo Saxon stone sculpture.
More information on our facilities and equipment.
Find out more:
Use the UCAS code below when applying:
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) handles applications for all undergraduate courses.
The best way to find out what Durham is really like is to come and see for yourself!