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Archaeology

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences

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Institute of Archaeology

Key Facts

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Archaeology BA

UCAS code: F400

In this programme some of the world's leading researchers introduce essential archaeological concepts, issues, and analytical techniques. Through your selection of optional courses, field projects and dissertation topics you will also develop knowledge of particular chronological periods, geographical areas and specialist skills to support your own interests and development.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB-ABB
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 34-36
Subjects A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

Select country above, equivalent grades appear here.


University Preparatory Certificates

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

The University 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: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology is a lively and exciting place in which to study. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists, and has a strong sense of community.
  • The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in the UK and many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

The Archaeology BA and BSc share many of the same core courses in your first and second year. The routes then differ in the focus of optional courses as you choose courses with a greater (BSc) or lesser (BA) concentration on the scientific analysis of findings.

The first year provides a solid grounding in archaeological and anthropological concepts, practical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and theoretical approaches, and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.

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, research and write up with the help of a supervisor.

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.

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).

Year One

Compulsory courses

World Archaeology: The Deep History of Human Societies
Introduction to Archaeology
Field Methods
Sites and Artefacts
People and Environments
Introduction to Social Anthropology

Optional courses

You will select one 0.5 credit option from the following:

Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology
Introduction to European Prehistory
Texts in Archaeology

Year Two

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

You will select a total of 2.0 credits from the following:

0.5 credits in World Archaeology
0.5 credits in Archaeological Science or Skills – an updated list will be published each year
Options in Archaeology or a related subject to the value of 1.0 credits

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Dissertation
Field Archaeology
Archaeology in the World

Optional courses

You will select a total of 2.0 credits from the following:

0.5 credits in World Archaeology
0.5 credits in Archaeological Science or Skills – an updated list will be published each year
Options in Archaeology or a related subject to the value of 1.0 credits

Further details on department website: Archaeology BA

Opportunities

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 70-day fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology, with many of our graduates gaining employment within archaeological field units or going on to pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.

Archaeology requires detailed recording. As well as the teamwork and discipline of structured fieldwork, this helps to develop a range of transferable skills recognised by many employers. Recent students have used this to develop careers in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film, and a range of other fields.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Learning Support Officer, National Maritime Museum (2012)
  • Full-time student, MA Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL, Institute of Archaeology (2012)
  • Full-time student, Barristers' Chambers Law Conversion Course (2011)
  • Personal Assistant, Birkbeck College, University of London (2011)
  • Archaeologist, British Institute of Archaeology (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.

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 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.

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Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

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

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