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Archaeology and Anthropology BA

The combined Archaeology and Anthropology BA develops an understanding of the relationship between archaeology and anthropology as subjects offering a uniquely broad perspective on human experience, past and present. It draws upon an unparalleled range of expertise in the analysis of social change, human evolution and material culture.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Archaeology and Anthropology BA
UCAS code
FL46
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Archaeology
Total intake (by subject area)
70 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
4 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
73% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AA

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This programme presents ample opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge and specialised skills in particular aspects of international archaeological and anthropological research.
  • Our unique emphasis on modern material culture exposes unsuspected links between archaeology and anthropology, the deep past and the everyday present.
  • UCL has the largest and most diverse archaeology department and the leading broad-based anthropology department in the UK, located next to each other in the heart of London.
  • The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. The core courses ensure that you will maintain a balanced training in archaeology and anthropology throughout the programme, while the options allow you to develop specialist skills in a particular region or area of analysis.

In the first year you will receive a solid grounding in the methods and theories of social and biological anthropology, material culture studies, and archaeology.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and anthropology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests through your optional course choices.

In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Field Methods
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology II
Introduction to Material and Visual Culture
Introductory Social Anthropology IA
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: An Outline of the Deep History of Human Societies

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Interpreting Archaeological Evidence
Research and Presentation Skills

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credit from Archaeology options, 1.0 credit from Anthropology options, and a further 0.5 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Archaeology in the World
Applied Fieldwork Portfolio
Dissertation

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of options in Archaeology or Anthropology, and a further 0.5 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Your learning

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.

Assessment

Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500 word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all students in archaeology.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Archaeology and Anthropology BA.

Careers

At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.

The extensive fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology. This is evident by the numbers of graduates who gain employment with archaeological field units or pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.

For others, an archaeology degree offers a strong foundation for a career in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film and a wide range of other fields.

Destinations

First destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) from the Archaeology and Anthropology BA include:

  • Wondersky Media Limited, Production Assistant (2013)
  • Recipco, Administrative and Communications Assistant (2013)
  • Administrative Support, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2012)
  • Research Officer, Population Council, Pakistani Government (2012)
  • Field Archaeologist, Museum of London (2011)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

All applicants under consideration are asked to complete a compulsory questionnaire, based on the degree applied for, which is used in conjunction with the UCAS form to assess suitability.

On completion of the questionnaire, unless living overseas, applicants are then invited to attend an applicant open day, where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternate arrangements can be made for those living overseas.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students