Archaeology (BA/Diploma/Certificate), B.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The course is based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research. Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge in your chosen area. There are opportunities for you to develop and enhance your practical skills, and employability skills are embedded throughout our curriculum.


This course will introduce you to key themes in the study of archaeology and enable you to further your knowledge of the wide chronological and geographical range of the discipline. You will develop your ability to draw upon appropriate archaeological theories, methods, techniques and concepts in order to develop your understanding of the past through material culture and other residues.

Throughout your degree there are several opportunities for you to develop and enhance your practical skills through fieldwork and laboratory work.

This course is based on our extensive experience in developing and teaching both archaeology and ancient history courses and our world-leading research. Our modules cross the traditional academic boundaries of archaeology and ancient history, enabling you to gain a wider knowledge of your chosen topic.

We will provide you with an intellectually challenging and stimulating curriculum that draws on the expertise of members of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History. We have a proven track record of successfully delivering distance learning courses that will help you gain the transferable skills necessary for successful career development or further academic study. As a result, our courses are highly valued by employers, who recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.

For more information on how distance learning works at the University of Leicester, please visit our Distance Learning pages.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time rather than part-time, please contact that Distance Learning Hub on, or call +44 (0)116 252 2903 or 5365 or 3783.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Course structure

The BA in Archaeology is made up of three levels, with each level taking two years for part-time students to complete, or one year for full-time students. Each level consists of six modules, lasting 12 weeks each, with short breaks in between. Part-time students study each module in turn, whereas full-time students study two modules at a time.

Level 1 (part-time years 1 and 2; full-time year 1)

  • Aims and Methods in Archaeology

Plus five modules from the following:

  • Early Prehistory
  • Later Prehistory
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Middle Nile

Level 2 (part-time years 3 and 4; full-time year 2)

  • Archaeological Theory
  • Interpreting Archaeological Evidence: Material Culture and Environment
  • Fieldschool

Plus three from:

  • The Rise of States in the Old World
  • The Mediterranean in the Medieval World
  • Being Human: Evolution and Prehistory

Level 3 (part-time years 5 and 6; full-time year 3)

  • Households and Families in the Past
  • Archaeological Practice
  • The Archaeology of Urbanism
  • Archaeology, Religion and Belief
  • Individual dissertation

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website ( or/and Terms and Conditions ( for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Entry requirements

Our distance learning Archaeology and Ancient History courses do not have formal entry requirements – you just need to demonstrate an active interest in archaeology and ancient history and a genuine commitment to putting the time in to study. For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of a minimum standard of English is required as a condition of entry.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 17520 International
  • GBP 17520 EU/EEA

October 2015, February 2016, June 2016

  • BA: £17,520
  • Diploma: £11,680
  • Certificate: £5,840

*Whole course fee


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