Archaeology (with placement year)

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: V402
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Our BA in Archaeology centres on field archaeology with a strong professional focus. It offers a wide range of topics including: an understanding of the application of theory to archaeology, the history of archaeological thought, material culture, the development of regional archaeological sequences, survey, excavation and site assessment.

The BA in Archaeology provides you with the opportunity to develop analytical and practical skills in the interpretation of archaeological material cultures and ancient civilisations.

Archaeological Sciences at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.

The four-year course is underpinned by the opportunity to undertake a placement, offering real work experience, and in the final year by a substantial individual research dissertation in 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.

Why Bradford?

All courses offer excellent teaching in a supportive environment (96% overall student satisfaction) 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. The four-year course includes a unique placement year of professional work experience.

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.


Entry requirements

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 levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English 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 Recording Methodscore
Human Evolutioncore
Humans: Past and Presentcore
Scientific Frameworks core
Year 2
Advanced Methods in Archaeologycore
Archaeology Field Coursecore
Artefact Studiescore
Britain and Ireland in the Neolithic and Bronze Age 4000-1000BCcore
Celts, Greeks & Romans: the Iron Age in Europecore
Heritage Management with GIScore
Theoretical Archaeologycore
Year 4
Funerary Archaeology core
Individual Projectcore
Advanced Archaeology Field Skillsoption
Environmental Law and Governanceoption
Forensic Archaeologyoption
Geohazards: Past, Present, and Futureoption
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.

Thomas Coates has blogged about his placement year experience:

"I have been on placement with the York Archaeological Trust for the past nine months, working on the once in a lifetime site at Hungate, one of the largest and most complex urban excavations in the UK with a wide variety of archaeological features, including Victorian culverts, Medieval rubbish pits, Viking sunken featured buildings and a Roman graveyard.

"As I soon draw the curtain on my placement year I can look back and say ”that was one heck of a ride’,’ and I would love to relive it all."

Hungate excavation.

Read more from Thomas on the Bradford Life blog.

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 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.

Employment statistics

91% of our 2015 graduates in Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Almost half our recent graduates have entered archaeologically-related careers - one of the highest rates in the UK. Other careers 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.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Archaeology BA graduates was £17,900.


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: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* 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.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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