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University of Southampton

Archaeology

UCAS Code: VV40

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-A,A,B

Typical Offer: AAB to ABB including a science based subject If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including a science based subject and grade A in the EPQ We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including a science based subject Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in a science based subject OR 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in a science based subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2-D3,M2,M2

D3 D3 M2 to D3 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including a science based subject. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

Pass, with 34 to 32 points overall with 17 to 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in a science based subject Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

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

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2-H1,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 to H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including a science based subject

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

DD

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma in a science based subject plus A to B in an A level OR Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level.

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

D

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate in a science based subject plus AA to AB in an A level OR Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AA to AB in a science based A level

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to Distinction, Distinction, Merit in the BTEC National Extended Diploma in a science based subject OR Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A to B in a science based A level.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

AAB to ABB from three A levels including a science based subject or AA to AB from two A levels including a science based subject and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Tariff

128-136

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100%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Archaeology

The MSci Archaeology is a four-year first degree in Archaeology suitable for those who wish to study archaeology in greater depth than a three-year BSc. Archaeology studies the human past through its material remains such as buildings, monuments, artefacts, biological remains, written sources and the landscape. The MSci Archaeology degree offers a unique perspective on the human past in a broad geographic and temporal context, providing you with an understanding of how the human species evolved, how human societies came into being, and how and why they changed over time. The course enables you to discover different periods and different peoples, expanding your knowledge of humans from their first appearance some two million years ago up to the present day.
You will learn about the many methods we use to find, excavate and investigate archaeological sites and materials. This involves a wide range of techniques and critical thinking skills, combining aspects of both sciences and arts. Within the Msci Archaeology degree there is the option to further focus your study on a particular specialism via well defined curriculum pathways, typically including Ancient Civilization, Maritime Archaeology, Geomatics and Survey, Prehistory, and Osteoarchaeology.

Modules

Compulsory modules: The Development of Archaeological and Anthropological Thought; Archaeological Methods for Fieldwork and Analysis; Contemporary Issues and Debates in Archaeology; Professional and Academic Practice; Digging Data: quantitative data analysis in Archaeology, Advanced Dissertation
Indicative optional modules: Human Origins, Emergence of Civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others, Ancient and Medieval Worlds, Landscapes and Seascapes of Britain's Past, Wonderful Things: World history in 40 objects, Maritime Archaeology, Critical Chronologies: Archaeological dating, Bones, bodies and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy, The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings, Human Dispersal and Evolution, The power of Rome: Europe's first Empire, Introduction to European Prehistory, Archaeological Survey for Landscapes and Monuments, Experimental Archaeology: the social prehistory of technology, Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain, Archaeology of Seafaring, Living with the Romans: Urbanism in the Roman Empire, GIS for Archaeology, More than Pyramids and Pharoahs? Ancient Egypt in Context, The Archaeology and Anthropology of Adornment, Iron Age Societies, Seeing beneath the soil: geophysical survey for archaeology, Molecular Archaeology, Later Anglo-Saxon England, Ecology of human evolution: biological, social and cultural approaches to hominin adaptations, Bioarchaeology of Human Remains, Analysis of arhcaeological faunal remains, Maritime Museums and Heritage Management, The Analysis of Palaeolithic Stone Tool Assemblages, Palaeopathology in Context

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

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.

76%
low
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

80%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Natural and social science 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.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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