Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
Our Archaeological Sciences course allows you to concentrate on the application of science to archaeology.
It was the first in the world to adopt this approach and still possesses the greatest applied science content of any archaeological course in the UK.
The integration with the teaching of traditional archaeological subjects provides a thorough understanding of archaeological problems and the scientific principles involved in their solution.
The combination of staff expertise and research with teaching provides exciting, relevant and hands-on examples of modern archaeological science, including areas such as dating, geophysics, palaeodiet and molecular archaeology.
Archaeological Sciences at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
As with all our degree programmes, the BSc Archaeological Sciences is also available as a four-year course, offering the opportunity to undertake a placement, offering real work experience, and a substantial individual research project on a topic of your own choosing.
Find out more about the School of Archaeological Sciences.
Students who have completed the placement year can apply for Associate Membership of the Institute for Archaeologists, the professional body for archaeologists in Britain.
"I chose to study Archaeological Sciences because I have an interest in the science behind the discoveries, particularly in Human Osteology."
All courses offer excellent teaching in a supportive environment with lots of hands-on practical experience in outstanding facilities.
All our teaching is underpinned by staff research projects, many of which receive global media attention.
Archaeological Sciences was in the top 10 for archaeology in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality of research conducted in all UK Universities. 70% of our research was found to be world leading or internationally excellent and we were ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact.
- Top 20: Forensic Science and Archaeology at the University of Bradford is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
New UCAS tariff
We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.
The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.
All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.
Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).
A-level Biology or Chemistry minimum grade B.
BTEC Extended Diploma:
DMM. Science subject required.
Applicants on Access Programmes:
112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science with at least 45 Level 3 credits at Merit.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
English language requirements:
Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
|Archaeological Theory and Method||core|
|Archaeology of the British Isles||core|
|Field Course I (Malham)||core|
|Humans: Past and Present||core|
|Scientific Frameworks for Archaeology||core|
|Advanced Methods in Archaeology||core|
|Archaeology Field Course||core|
|Celts, Greeks & Romans: the Iron Age in Europe||option|
|Ecology and Bioarchaeology||option|
|Introduction to GIS||option|
|Geohazards: Past, Present, and Future||option|
|Hunters Gatherers: Present and Past||option|
|Reconstructing Past Environments||option|
|The Viking Settlement of the North Atlantic||option|
Learning activities and assessment
The placement year on our four-year course gives you the opportunity to gain real experience and professional training within your degree in order to kick-start your career. It is unique and valued throughout the archaeological world. We have sent students to every continent over the 40 years the programme has been running.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Almost half our recent graduates have entered archaeologically-related careers - one of the highest rates in the UK.
Former students have become field archaeologists, cultural resource managers, university lecturers and even accountants.
Other career opportunities include computing, management, or teaching, and many areas where employers are looking for transferable skills and an analytical mind.
Many graduates choose to continue their education and enrol on taught Master’s or research degrees.
You can find some useful information about studying archaeology at University Archaeology UK.
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 70% of our research in Archaeological Sciences was found to be world leading or internationally excellent.
Archaeological Sciences at Bradford has a long-established reputation as one of the key centres for archaeological research in the UK. Bringing together staff from both Humanities and Science backgrounds within a single centre, we have created a powerful and distinctive research identity which blends cultural archaeology with cutting edge science.
We have a range of outstanding analytical facilities including:
- The Biological Anthropology Research Centre, which holds the largest collection of human skeletal remains in any archaeology department in the UK, including specimens from the Neolithic to the 19th century
- Three osteology laboratories; histology and microscopy laboratories
- A newly refurbished radiography suite with both traditional and digital radiography equipment
- We are a leading centre for multi-isotope analysis of archaeological materials including bone, teeth, hair, shell and pottery ‘foodcrusts’ through the analysis of the stable isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur
- Laboratories for archaeological geophysics; lithic microwear analysis; soils / biological processing, and environmental archaeology
- Dedicated Forensic Taphonomy and Conservation laboratories
- Dedicated Crime Scene House and Field Station at Oxenhope Moor
- Project work-rooms including the Iron Age Research Laboratory and the North Atlantic Research Laboratory
- New in-house Visualisation Suite encompasses a wide range of archaeological imaging and analysis capability
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- International: £16,970
* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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