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University of Reading

Archaeological Science

UCAS Code: F420

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

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

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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100%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Archaeological sciences

Study with us and join a university that's ranked 31st worldwide for Archaeology[1] and where 97% of our research overall has been judged to be of international standing[2].

Our BSc Archaeological Science differs from our BA Archaeology course in that it concentrates much more on the scientific and forensic aspects of archaeology. There is a strong focus on environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, and we equip you with the skills to analyse human and animal bones, objects, and plant remains in order to understand past societies and the evolution of landscapes and climate change.

We have exceptional teaching collections and laboratory facilities with spaces dedicated to the analysis of human remains, artefacts, plant pollen, and archaeological soils and sediments. You will also have access to our three on-campus museums including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology.

A popular part of our courses is an excavation at the end of the first year on which you are guaranteed a place. You will receive high-quality training in a range of practical archaeological field techniques and get direct hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing. This diverse approach presents you with many areas to explore and specialise in, providing you with plenty of options for your final-year dissertation.

In addition to the excavation, there will be other fieldwork opportunities and opportunities to work with experts on live research projects throughout the degree.

There is the opportunity to study abroad and spend a term in your second year at Aarhus University in Denmark or the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment.

We encourage and provide opportunities for you to undertake placements, enabling you to boost your work-related skills and develop a network of contacts. Placements have been carried out across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors as well as in a non-related business or industry if you wanted to explore different career options.

**Careers**

A degree in Archaeology from our world-class Department provides an excellent foundation to begin a career in commercial archaeology, planning, heritage management and archaeological research, as well as other disciplines including teaching

This course will equip you with not only the subject knowledge but also the transferable skills and qualities that employers value and look for. Recent graduates have gone on to find work with major employers such as Oxford Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, the Museum of London Archaeology and the Natural History Museum. A number of graduates each year also choose to pursue further study following graduation.

(1) QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017.
(2)Based on our submissions judged to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014 – Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology: A – Archaeology.

Modules

Sample modules can include:

* Bones, bodies and burials: the archaeology of death
* Introduction to zooarchaeology
* Forensic archaeology and crime scene analysis
* Science and the dead: taphonomy and molecular analysis of human remains
* People, plants and environmental change

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical, material and forensic sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


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Forensic and archaeological sciences

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates - they make up over three quarters of the group. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects as they learn useful analysis techniques that some employers can find in short supply. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, business roles and management also employed forensics graduates. Some graduates join the police with this degree and that can be a good source of sponsorship and work experience.

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