Institute of Archaeology


What will I study?

Information on what you will study on the Heritage, Sustainability and Society BA degree programme.

Urban campus in East London in late afternoon sunshine (tall buildings, green space and a small river)

In the Heritage, Sustainability and Society BA, you will:

  • Learn the core theories, methods and practical skills of heritage studies, drawing on archaeology, anthropology, geography, history and history of art;
  • Apply your knowledge to pressing global challenges including climate change, sustainability, conflict, migration and social inequality;
  • Develop practical skills required for graduate careers in the global heritage industry or wider roles as an interdisciplinary social science graduate; 
  • Receive hands-on training in heritage skills, including object- and field-based research, developing and staging exhibitions, collections management and care, natural and cultural heritage management, digital heritage, and working with communities;
  • Gain valuable qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • Develop strong critical thinking skills and the ability to approach major contemporary global challenges in new and creative ways;
  • Work with diverse groups of people and strengthen communication and presentation skills
  • Learn to work independently and develop your own interests;
  • Complete a placement with a heritage institution or other organisation to gain valuable work-based experience and develop connections with employers; and
  • Graduate with a strong interdisciplinary social science skillset that can be applied in a range of careers within and beyond the heritage sector.

Heritage, Sustainability and Society BA Degree Programme Structure


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Year 1 (total 120 credits) 

All modules in Year 1 are compulsory

Table of yellow boxes indicating compulsory modules in BA Heritage Year 1

Year 2 (total 120 credits) 

A mix of compulsory and optional modules

Table of different coloured boxes (yellow, green, blue) indicating list of modules for study in BA Heritage Year 2

*indicative modules (15 credits each):

Year 3 (total 120 credits)  

A mix of compulsory and optional modules

Table of different coloures boxes (yellow, green, blue) indicating modules for BA Heritage study Year 3

**indicative modules (15 credits each):