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Archaeology (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #96 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
This BSc in Archaeology (Hons) at the University of Nottingham will give you an insight into the scientific techniques that archaeologists use to reconstruct and understand past human cultures.


Archaeology is a unique discipline that bridges the sciences and the humanities to understand ancient societies and how the past can help us to meet the challenges of the present.

You will develop your knowledge of the discipline of archaeology and learn how archaeologists use scientific evidence to interpret the past. You will study the entire span of human history – from the earliest period of human development to later prehistoric societies, from the rise of early civilisations and empires to the development of the modern world. Archaeology is an exciting subject where constant new discoveries are being made and new scientific techniques are being developed that change our understanding of past human societies.

Year one 

Year one will lay the foundation of your study of archaeology with core modules in the principles and methods of archaeological investigation, as not many students have studied archaeology in depth before they come to university. You will be taught how we discover, excavate, record and analyse archaeological evidence ranging from landscapes to buildings and settlements to buried objects and organic remains.

 You will have training in the field in basic archaeological techniques and you will study the core principles of archaeological science. You will also be given an overview of the archaeology of the British Isles from early prehistory to the industrial revolution, and study key themes such as the archaeology of burials.

Year two

In year two you will study more advanced core modules in archaeological research and archaeological science, which will teach you the diverse ways in which we approach and interpret our evidence, and help you to create a research proposal for your third-year dissertation project. You will examine in depth different types of archaeological science and varied analytical techniques including environmental archaeology, osteoarchaeology and ancient materials analysis. and the ways in which we can use archaeological evidence to reconstruct past human diets, lifestyles, culture and technologies. 

You will also study heritage issues and the professional aspects of archaeology, which is essential for anyone who would like to go into a career in the heritage sector, and you will work in groups to create a heritage project based on a local site. You can also choose to study particular periods in more depth such as Roman or Anglo-Saxon archaeology, or specialised topics such as underwater archaeology. 

Year three 

Your final year gives you the chance to undertake your own research project on an original topic with an archaeological science focus, which you will write up as a dissertation with the support of a member of staff. Recent dissertations have covered a wide range of subjects, from Bronze Age metalworking, to the use of stable isotopes in tracking ancient population movements and the archaeology of ancient Mediterranean shipwrecks.

The rest of the year is taken up with a variety of modules of your own choosing from the wide range offered by the department, which are based on the current research of members of staff. The department offers modules covering many different aspects of archaeology from prehistory to the medieval period and a wide range of modules in bioarchaeology and archaeological science.


The  BSc in Archaeology (Hons) at the University of Nottingham gives you advanced understanding and skills in a range of up-to-date scientific techniques in bioarchaeology and archaeological materials, providing an excellent foundation for further specialist training or a career in the sector. 

Archaeology and heritage is a major part of the UK economy, in both planning and development and the creative and tourism sectors. Our graduates enter a wide variety of careers in professional archaeology, in excavation units or in governmental or heritage organisations, or in museums and heritage. Other sectors of employment include education, media, business, financial services, journalism, law and the armed forces.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding the Past - Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Archaeological Science
  • The Archaeology of Britain
  • Archaeology: The Living and the Dead
  • Archaeological Research: Theory and Practice
  • Archaeology and Society: Heritage and Professional Skills
  • Exploring Archaeological Evidence 
  • Human Osteology and Evolution
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Empires and Identity
  • The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A level offer: ABB - BBB
  • Must include at least one science A level
  • IB score 32-30 (must include at least one subject from subject groups 4 or 5 at Higher Level)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19290 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 19290 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
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    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
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