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Archaeology BSc
Archaeology BSc

Archaeology BSc

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

English Requirements

  • IELTS Academic: OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

  • TOEFL iBT: OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

  • PTE Academic: OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

  • Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Course Information

Archaeology is the only discipline that studies the human past in its entirety; from the origins of our species to the events of yesterday. Archaeology at Aberdeen has a special northern focus that is unique in the UK. Through lectures, field and laboratory work you will engage with the archaeology of Scotland, Scandinavia, northern Europe, the North Atlantic and northern latitudes of Asia and North America. You will be taught by internationally acclaimed researchers.

The BSc route focuses on the science side of archaeology. Courses will cover subjects such as the origins of modern humans, ancient environments, bioarchaeology, Scottish archaeology and excavation and research skills.

In seeking to understand how ancient people lived their lives, structured their world, and engaged with their environment, archaeologists ask the big questions that can provide us with the tools to tackle modern day issues such the effects of climate change, designing the ‘perfect’ diet, or investigating the spread of epidemics.

You will develop the practical and research skills required to work as a professional archaeologist or heritage specialist, taught and inspired by experts who are internationally recognised leaders in their fields, with many links and projects in areas of special interest overseas, such as Alaska.

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Year 1

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen (PD1002)

  • Archaeology in Action (AY1003)

  • Caves to Kingdoms: an Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology (AY1503)

Optional Courses

Select a further 90 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

  • Prehistoric Britain: from Boxgrove to Bede (AY2009)

  • Test Tubes and Trowels: an Introduction to Archaeological Science (AY2006)

  • Past Lives (AY2508)

  • The Archaeology of The North: Lifeways & Cultural Change (AY2505)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 3

Compulsory Courses

  • Archaeological Fieldwork Portfolio (AY3011)

  • Professional Archaeology i: Field Methods (AY3010)

  • Archaeological Research Project Part 1 (AY3512)

  • Professional Archaeology II: Post - Excavation Analysis and Employment (AY3514)

Optional Courses

Plus select 30 credit points from Level 3 Archaeology courses and 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

  • Archaeological Research Project Part 2 (AY4002)

  • Bioarchaeology: Biological Approaches in Archaeology (AY4014)

  • Current Issues in Archaeology (AY4510)

Optional Courses

Plus select 30 credits from Honours Archaeology (at least 15 of which from Level 4 courses), plus 15 credit points from courses of choice.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Field Archaeologist

  • Heritage Volunteer

  • Marketing and Events Coordinator

  • Project Archaeologist

  • Writer

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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