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Degree type

BA

Course length

3 years full time

Location

Durham City

UCAS code

LF64

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Typical offers

Typical offers
A Level AAB
BTEC DDD
International Baccalaureate 36

Course details

There are numerous areas of overlap between Anthropology and Archaeology, making them particularly suitable for combination in a joint honours degree. The BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology course combines modules from the BA/BSc (Hons) Anthropology degrees and BA (Hons) Archaeology, providing a comprehensive understanding of humanity both past and present.

Students also have the opportunity to study a foreign language by taking a module from the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study in any year.

Year 1

In the first year, students currently take four compulsory modules (two from each department) and select two optional modules (one from each department). One modern foreign language module can also currently be taken in place of an elective module from either Anthropology or Archaeology.

Compulsory modules (20 credits each):

  • Being Human: An introduction to the history and practise of anthropology
  • Doing Anthropological Research
  • Discovering World Prehistory
  • Applied Archaeological Methods

Examples of optional modules (20 credits each):

Anthropology:

  • Peoples and Cultures
  • Human Evolution and Diversity
  • Health, Illness and Society

Archaeology (20 credits each):

  • Ancient Civilisations of the East
  • Archaeology in Britain
  • Cities in Antiquity
  • Medieval to Modern: an Introduction to the Archaeology of Medieval to Post Medieval World
  • Scientific Methods in Archaeology 1.

Year 2

In the second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of methods and theory in anthropology and archaeology, and pursue your growing interests through optional modules offered by both departments. Currently, students take two compulsory modules and five optional modules (at least two from each department).

Compulsory modules (10 credits each):

  • Debating Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Research Project Design.

Examples of optional modules in Anthropology (20 credits each):

  • Anthropological Research Methods in Action
  • Kinship and Religion
  • Politics and Economics
  • Global Health and Disease
  • Sex, Reproduction and Love
  • Evolutionary Variation and Adaptation
  • Our Place in Nature.

Examples of optional modules in Archaeology (20 credits each):

  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Prehistoric Europe: From Foragers to State Formation
  • Becoming Roman: From Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the West
  • Archaeology of Medieval and Post-medieval Britain in its European Context
  • The East Mediterranean World in the Bronze Age
  • Professional Training
  • Developing Archaeological Research
  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West.
  • Scientific Methods in Archaeology 2.

Year 3

In the final year, you will design and carry out your own research for a dissertation in Anthropology or Archaeology, or an interdisciplinary dissertation in Anthropology and Archaeology. In addition, you will study advanced topics in Anthropology and Archaeology that are generally based on the research expertise of staff in both departments, and reflect the University’s ideal of research-led education. Both departments offer students opportunities to gain experience of carrying out fieldwork through either the Anthropology Field Course and/or Advanced Professional Training.

Compulsory module (40 credits):

  • Dissertation in Anthropology, Archaeology or in Anthropology & Archaeology.

Examples of optional modules in Anthropology

(10 credits each unless otherwise stated. Students select a total of 40 credits):

  • Anthropology in the Contemporary Middle East
  • Anthropology, Art, and Experience
  • Poison, Pollution and the Chemical Anthropocene
  • Exhibiting Anthropology
  • Capitalism in Ruins
  • Social Anthropology of Hormones
  • Anthropology of Ethics and Morality
  • Anthropology of Sport
  • Anthropological Skills for Climate Change Survival
  • Power and Governance
  • Violence and Memory
  • Anthropology of Tobacco
  • Anthropology of Health Inequality
  • Anthropology of Physical Activity and Health
  • Evolutionary Medicine: Maternal and Infant Health
  • Human Reproductive Ecology
  • Development, Conflict and Crisis in the Lower Omo
  • Evolution of Cooperation
  • Comparative Cognition and Culture
  • Cultural Evolution of Music
  • Technological Primates
  • Primates in Peril
  • Primates, Predators and the Ecology of Fear
  • Homo narrans: evolutionary anthropology of fiction
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Palaeoanthropology and Palaeoecology
  • Anthropology Field Course (20 credits)

Examples of optional modules in Archaeology

(Students select a total of 40 credits):

  • Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (various advanced topics. 20 or 40 credits)
  • Advanced Professional Training (20 credits)
  • Current Archaeology (20 credits)
  • Interpreting Heritage (20 credits)
  • Museum Representation (20 credits)

Placement

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

Study abroad

Archaeology

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 course 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 around the world.

Anthropology

Study abroad or placement activities undertaken as part of a degree are not only enjoyable but can give a significant edge when it comes to employability. We currently have links with the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), the University of Iceland, the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the University of Malta, with new opportunities being added every year.

Learning

As a student on the BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology degree, your learning will be supported by formal teaching sessions, such as lectures and smaller-group teaching in seminars and practical classes, as well as fieldwork and excavation opportunities.

The Anthropology Department and Archaeology Department have a large range of resources including skeletal collections, a fossil cast collection, and a material culture collection that are used in relevant modules, and you may also be able to use these independently, to supplement your learning or for project work.

As you move through your BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology course, you will shift from being a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. To help develop this independence, you will spend part of your time engaged in self-directed study, which will include reading, project work and preparation for classes. In your third year, you will undertake a dissertation on an anthropological or archaeological topic of your choice, preferably one that overlaps the two subjects, giving you the chance to engage in a major piece of independent work.

Assessment on the BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology degree varies by module, but may include written examinations, coursework in the form of essays or research projects, and presentations.

You will be given an Academic Adviser when you start your degree, and will normally keep the same Adviser for the duration of your studies. Where possible, you will be given an Academic Adviser who has an interest or background in both anthropology and archaeology. Academic Advisers are there to support your academic work by providing advice about such things as study skills, module choices, dissertation topics, and applications for further study or employment. As well as discussing your academic work with your nominated Adviser, you are encouraged to make use of the Feedback and Consultation hours provided by academic staff during term-time. These Feedback and Consultation hours give you the opportunity to discuss your work with module tutors, for example, to seek clarification on complex ideas, get suggestions for additional readings, and receive further feedback on assessments.

As a student in the Anthropology and Archaeology Departments, you will be welcomed into the wider departmental communities, for example being able to attend an extensive programme of research-focused anthropological seminars where academic staff, postgraduate students and visiting scholars present their cutting-edge research, which may provide inspiration for your dissertation topic and even future study or employment.

Entry requirements

A level offerAAB.

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

IB Diploma score36 with 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Alternative qualifications

International students who do not meet direct entry requirements for this degree might have the option to complete an International Foundation Year.

English language requirements

Country specific information

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,250 per year
EU students £22,700 per year
Island students £9,250 per year
International students £22,700 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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Career opportunities

Anthropology

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 89% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 82% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £25,000.

(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 herewww.graduateoutcomes.ac.uk)

Archaeology

Of those students who graduated in 2018:

  • 90% are in paid employment or further study 15 months after graduation across all our programmes

Of those in employment:

  • 71% are in a professional or managerial job
  • Average salary of £22,500

(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)

Department information

Anthropology

Have you ever really thought about what it means to be human? If you have and you want to learn more, then anthropology could be for you.

Anthropology is the study of all aspects of humanity, from our evolutionary origins to our extraordinary social and cultural diversity. At Durham, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our research, learning and teaching, encompassing all aspects of anthropology, and influencing the wider world through research that has global significance.

For more information see our department pages.

Rankings

  • Top 40 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2021
  • 8th in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Anthropology pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

The Department of Anthropology hosts a range of state-of-the-art research facilities that are used and run by academic members of staff and their postgraduate students. Given our commitment to research-led teaching, undergraduates and taught postgraduates frequently conduct research projects using these facilities.

More information about our facilities and equipment.

Archaeology

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.

Rankings

  • 4th in the QS World University Subject Rankings for Archaeology 2021.
  • 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see our Archaeology pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent and World-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

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.

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