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Durham University

Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations

UCAS Code: VQ48

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) from Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

We will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. If an applicant has not been able to take 3 Advanced Highers, offers may be made with a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or on a number of Highers.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Archaeology

Using archaeological techniques and approaches, this course puts the heritage of Greece and Rome under the lens. Drawing on the latest research, it also provides a chance to explore Egypt and North Africa, as well as the lesser-known civilisations of the Near East and South Asia.

**Year 1**
Compulsory modules: Archaeology Practicals / Ancient civilisations: Methods, Approaches, Sources / Cities in Antiquity.
Optional modules; choose one or two modules from the following lists of modules which have been available in previous years: Archaeology
Archaeology in Britain / Discovering World Prehistory / Ancient Civilisations of the East / Medieval to Modern: An Introduction to the Archaeology of the Medieval to Post-Medieval World
Or ONE or TWO modules in another department including Classics and language modules: Greek Art and Architecture / Living in a Classical World / Remembering Athens / Monuments and Memory in the Age of Augustus.

**Year 2**
Compulsory modules: Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) / Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations: East and West / Developing Archaeological Research (required to take a dissertation in Archaeology at Level 3).
Optional modules; choose three modules from the following list of modules which have been available in previous years: Archaeology / Becoming Roman: from Iron Age to Empire in Italy and the West / Archaeology of Medieval and Post-medieval Britain in its European Context / East Mediterranean in the Bronze Age
Advanced Skills (Single or Double).
A module in any Department including Classics or language modules: Roman Religion / Roman Buildings and Decoration / Crisis of the Roman Republic / History of the Hellenistic Age / Archaic Greece / A module in another department (including a language module).

**Year 3 (Year 4 if undertaking a Year Abroad)**
Compulsory modules: Dissertation (double module) / Current Archaeology / Specialised Aspects in Archaeology.
Optional modules; choose TWO modules from: Advanced Professional Training (requires three weeks of fieldwork in the summer preceding Level 2) / Specialised Aspects in Archaeology (single or double) / Interpreting Heritage / Museum Representation / A module in any department.

**Fieldwork**
You will undertake six weeks’ compulsory fieldwork; three weeks at our field school in the first year, and three weeks at an excavation of your choice in the second year. For Single Honours students, only one module in any department may be taken over Levels 2 and 3.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.

**Study Abroad**
Archaeology: We are part of the ERASMUS programme which encourages students to study for part of their course in a university of another EU country. We currently have links with the universities of Gothenburg (Sweden), Mainz (Germany), Bordeaux (France), Vienna (Austria) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as Bergen (Norway) and Koc (Turkey). Studying abroad through one of these exchanges, like the Year Abroad, will involve inserting an extra year into your programme of study between your second and final years. If, in your second year, your application for a place is successful, you will be transferred from the three-year version of your degree to a four-year version. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in excavations run by members of staff and colleagues of other universities at various places round the world.

For more information on this course, please see our website.

Modules

For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Collingwood

Grey

No college preference

St Mary's

St Cuthbert's

George Stephenson College

Van Mildert

St Chad's

Josephine Butler College

John Snow College

St Aidan's

Trevelyan

Hatfield

South College

St Hild and St Bede

University

St John's

Department:

Archaeology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
med
Archaeology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Archaeology

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

70%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Archaeology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to do a job in the arts - with lots of the great outdoors? Try archaeology! There don't tend to be many archaeology undergraduates out there (just under 700 graduated in 2015) - but it's quite a popular subject at postgraduate level. In fact, over a quarter of archaeology graduates take some kind of further study when they graduate - usually more study of archaeology. When you look at the stats, be aware that junior jobs in archaeology are not always well paid at the start of your career, and that temporary contracts are not uncommon. Thankfully, though, unpaid work, whilst not completely gone, is less common than it used to be. The archaeology graduates of 2015 found jobs in archaeology, of course, but also management and heritage and environment work, as well as more conventional graduate jobs in marketing and the finance industry.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Archaeology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£21k

£29k

£29k

£35k

£35k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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