Our Degrees in Archaeology and Ancient History
What do we teach and who are we?
Archaeology and Ancient History are fascinating subjects, practical as well as academic. They draw upon a broad range of disciplines from social theory and human biology to the study of manuscripts, and from pottery analysis to forensic archaeology.
At the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, staff and students work together to create a fertile and stimulating environment for learning and furthering our knowledge of the past. Our aim as archaeologists and ancient historians is to enhance our understanding of the wonderful diversity of past ways of life that have left fragmentary traces in the form of material objects and texts. Our aim as teachers is to share with you that understanding, and our passion for the subject.
The recognition the School has received for its teaching and research excellence, nationally and internationally, is testimony to our success in achieving these aims. This success is founded on our continuing commitment to students and to innovative, high-quality teaching.
Our degrees provide the 'transferable skills' in communication, presentation, critical analysis and teamwork that students will need in their future careers, whether it is in archaeological or historical studies or in one of the wide range of other professions that attract our graduates. It doesn't matter if you have little or no previous experience of either discipline; we have designed our courses for maximum flexibility, to allow students to choose how they want to specialise or diversify as their knowledge and understanding develop.
You can do a three-year degree or four-year degree which includes a Year Abroad. The School has numerous links with partner departments and Universities in Europe and in Canada and in Australia - our students have the chance to spend a full year abroad in exciting places like Malta, Denmark, Italy or Holland, and to learn from diverse approaches to the past. And the School welcomes many exchange students who are always delighted at the quality of teaching and the helpfulness of our staff!
And finally, you will all get a chance to develop practical skills in our annual fieldschool at a site like the nearby Iron Age hillfort (read a summary so far and next targets) - a great chance to learn how to dig, record, find bits of the past, make new friends, and get to know professional and academic staff alike!
Meanwhile, watch and listen into a video profile by one of our recent Ancient History and Archaeology graduates, Jemma Mitchell, who can tell you what the courses, department and University are like. Also read other undergraduate student profiles, or watch Alexandru on YouTube.