Archaeology (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
Our BSc degree in Archaeology integrates traditional archaeology with the practical application of scientific methods that are applied to today’s archaeology.
It is a professionally-focused degree in archaeology with a strong fieldwork component and a focus on human osteology or the environment.
Your degree pathway in the second and final years will comprise a number of compulsory core modules that characterise this combination of archaeology and applied archaeological science. We offer a number of clear pathways, which will provide you with a specialism in, for example, prehistoric archaeology or in cultural resource management.
The course is underpinned by the opportunity to undertake a placement and by a substantial individual research dissertation in a topic of your own choosing.
Archaeological Sciences at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by students in the National Student Survey 2016.
Find out more about the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences.
Students who have completed the placement year can apply for Associate Membership of the Institute for Archaeologists.
"Archaeology isn’t just excavations but a variety of lab based courses. I chose this course because it allows students to do a combination of both scientific and non-scientific modules. Students have the flexibility to explore many different areas within archaeology."
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.
The four-year course includes a unique placement year of professional work experience.
- 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
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).
Additional entry requirements:
If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The BSc (Hons) Archaeology is professionally-focussed with a strong fieldwork component and a focus on human osteology and/or the environment. It has a strong environmental dimension to equip students for employment in environmental/archaeological consultancies, field units, and local/central government sector positions.
The programme of study will provide the student with a sound knowledge of current archaeological thinking on many cultures and regions whilst also providing an understanding of professional practice and how relevant techniques are used and integrated within commercial and research archaeology.
- British Archaeology Core (20 credits)
- Introduction to Archaeological Methods Core (20 credits)
- Biological Anthropology: From Human Evolution to Forensic Archaeology Core (20 credits)
- Scientific Frameworks Core (20 credits)
- Field Recording Skills Core (20 credits)
- Themes in World Archaeology Core (20 credits)
- Archaeological Fieldwork Core (20 credits)
- Interpreting the Past Core (20 credits)
- Understanding Artefacts Option (20 credits)
- Prehistoric Societies Option (20 credits)
- Heritage Management with GIS Core (20 credits)
- Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings Option (20 credits)
- Bioarchaeology: Humans, Plants and Animals Option (20 credits)
- Elective Option
Placement/Study Abroad (4-year programme)
- Dissertation Core (40 credits)
- Advanced Archaeological Fieldwork Option (20 credits)
- Landscapes, Climate and Society Option (20 credits)
- Current Research in Archaeological Sciences Option (20 credits)
- Bones, Bodies and Burials Option (20 credits)
- Archaeology in Contemporary Society Core (20 credits)
- Elective Option
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
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.
90% of our 2016 graduates in Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Almost half our recent graduates have entered archaeologically-related
You can find some useful information about studying archaeology at University Archaeology UK.
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.
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*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £17,800
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
See our Fees and Financial Support website.
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Download the programme specification for Archaeology (with placement year)
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.