Archaeological Sciences (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2016: BBC / 280 UCAS points
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: F401
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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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 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.

As with all our degree programmes, the BSc Archaeological Sciences offers 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.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Students who have completed the placement year can apply for Associate Membership of the Institute for Archaeologists, the professional body for archaeologists in Britain.

Why Bradford?

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.

We are the third highest archaeology department in the country for the impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

The four-year course includes a unique placement year of professional work experience.


Entry requirements


Typical offer: BBC / 280 UCAS points

A levels:

Must include a science subject.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM in a relevant Science.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

280 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, Maths and a science at grade C or above.

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.


Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

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.



Module name Type
Year 1
Archaeological Theory and Methodcore
Archaeology of the British Islescore
Field Course I (Malham)core
Human Evolutioncore
Humans: Past and Presentcore
Scientific Frameworks for Archaeologycore
Year 2
Advanced Methods in Archaeologycore
Archaeology Field Coursecore
Artefact Studiescore
Instrumental Analysiscore
Laboratory Sciencecore
Theoretical Archaeologycore
Celts, Greeks & Romans: the Iron Age in Europeoption
Ecology and Bioarchaeologyoption
Heritage Managementoption
Introduction to GIS option
Year 4
Individual Projectcore
Forensic Archaeologyoption
Geohazards: Past, Present, and Futureoption
Human Osteoarchaeologyoption
Hunter Gatherers: Present and Pastoption
Reconstructing Past Environmentsoption
The Viking Settlement of the North Atlanticoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment


The placement year 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

Career support

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 Development 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.

Career prospects

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.

View details about our research projects


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

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year
  • Home/EU: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £900
  • International: £15,420 per year
  • International: Sandwich Placement Year Fee: £1,550

Tuition fees are subject to government review (Home/EU) and University review (International) for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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