Structure of BSc in Archaeology for students who first enrolled in or before September 2012

Structure of BSc in Archaeology for students who first enrolled in or before September 2012’

Classes at UCL take the form of lectures and small-group seminars, as well as laboratory sessions. Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core courses, which are fixed by us, and optional courses chosen by you from a wide range of possibilities.

Year 1

In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in the both practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to major issues in world prehistory. All students take the following four core courses:

  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeological Problems (ARCL1007, 1 course unit, 22 weeks)
  • Introduction to Field Methods and Techniques (ARCL1006, 1 course unit, 22 weeks)
  • Past Societies (ARCL1003, 1 course unit, 22 weeks)
  • Introduction to Social Anthropology (ARCL1008, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

You are also asked to choose ONE of the following half-element options:

  • Introduction to Roman Archaeology (ARCL1002, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Introduction to Greek Archaeology (ARCL1004, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology (ARCL1005, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Peoples and Societies of the Ancient Near East (ARCL1009, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Introduction to European Prehistory (ARCL1010, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Texts in Archaeology (ARCL1011, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

Year 2

The second year provides you with a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allows you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options. All students take the following four core courses:

  • Public Archaeology (ARCL2019; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Current Issues in Archaeological Theory (ARCL2028; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting Archaeological Data (ARCL2037; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Research and Presentation Skills (ARCL2038; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

You are also asked to choose several option courses to the value of 2 course units from the wide range of 2nd and 3rd year courses available each year.

Year 3

In your third and final year, you continue to develop knowledge of particular subject areas through a choices of many course options, but are also given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree (see below) and to write a 10,000 word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor. More precisely, all students do the following:

  • a Fieldwork Portfolio (ARCL3056; 0.5 course unit)
  • a Dissertation (ARCL3024; 1 course unit)

You are also asked to choose several option courses to the value of 2.5 course units from the wide range of 2nd and 3rd year courses available each year.


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