BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad
This degree offers all the flexibility of the Archaeology BA programme combined with the opportunity to study abroad. The third year of the degree is spent at an approved partner university https://www.ucl.ac.uk/studyabroad/options/options-guide/faculty-list/shs
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the University Archaeology UK group (UAUK)
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
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- A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction, 12 credits at Merit and 3 credits at Pass, all from Level 3 units.
D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades ABB.
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 Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
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.
UCL is currently ranked 3rd in the world for archaeology in the QS World Rankings, and 2nd in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2021 League Table, with a score of 74.7/100, the Institute provides a world-class environment for students at all levels of study.
The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer a huge variety of optional modules, covering a diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner.
Optional modules (which may not run every year) include Greek Art & Architecture, Zooarchaeology, The Age of Stonehenge, Human Evolution, Museum Archaeology (to name but a few!)
The degree includes 70 days of partially funded fieldwork (both physical and digital online fieldwork): destinations have included Belize, Spain, USA, Romania, Portugal, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Wales, Scotland, Uganda & Greece (to name a few).
All UCL Institute of Archaeology undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Universities Archaeology UK (UAUK). On graduation students can become a Practioner member of CIfA (PCIfA), which demonstrates the skills required for employment in archaeology, heritage and museums, as well as a commitment to maintain high professional standards, attributes that are important for employment in many sectors within or outside of archaeology.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Core modules in the first year provide a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.
The second and fourth years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing optional modules in particular subject areas.
Your third year is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where you will take modules and fulfil all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. You will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for your exchange destination.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Archaeology with a Year Abroad.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Introduction to Archaeology
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: the Deep History of Human Societies
People and Environments
Introduction to Social Anthropology
You will select one 15 credits optional module from the following:
Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology
Introduction to European Prehistory
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Interpreting Archaeological Evidence
Research and Presentation Skills
You will select 15 credits in World Archaeology
15 credits in Archaeological Science or Skills – an updated list will be published each year
30 credits of optional modules in Archaeology or a related subject to be selected in consultation with your Personal Tutor
Archaeology in the World
You will select a total of 60 credits from the following:
15 credits in world archaeology
15 credits in archaeological science or skills – an updated list will be published each year
Optional modules in Archaeology or a related subject, to be selected in consultation with your Personal Tutor to the value of 30 credits
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.
Fieldwork is a major component of the degree with 70 days of partially funded fieldwork being a compulsory element (fieldwork includes excavation / museum work / research and can take you all over the globe; other recent projects have included Montenegro, Peru, Wales, Spain, Romania and China, to name a few).
Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500 word essays, is used to assess most modules. Most compulsory modules and some optional modules involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students.
Throughout the degree, which includes 70 days of fieldwork, students develop the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams as well as working independently in order to execute research. Students develop strong research and analytical skills and an appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience.
Students learn to communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences and develop a sensitivity to different cultures. They also develop excellent transferrable skills providing the experience necessary to work both within the archaeology, heritage and museum sector and in numerous sectors outside of the discipline.
Our graduates go on to work in a diverse range of fields from archaeology (fieldwork, research and academia), heritage, museums, the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, business - the possibilities are extremely wide and varied.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2022/23)
- Overseas students
- £29,400 (2022/23)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.
Fieldwork (UK and Overseas) costs can be partially covered by the department depending on the chosen destination with some of the fieldwork being fully covered financially by the fieldwork grants provided. Students normally cover the costs of their own equipment (trowel / tent / sleeping bag / boots / jackets etc.). Email Charlotte Frearson (email@example.com) for a more comprehensive list of equipment.
In addition, please note that if you wish to study abroad during your programme at UCL, this is likely to incur additional costs. Studying abroad may cost between £200–£1,000 per month depending on where you choose to study. The cost of studying abroad can be difficult to predict as it will depend on your priorities and choices. There is more information available on the UCL Study Abroad website.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
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