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BA (Hons) Historical Archaeology
BA (Hons) Historical Archaeology

BA (Hons) Historical Archaeology

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, ABB

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma, 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher

  • BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDM

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, M2, M2

  • European Baccalaureate, 75% or higher

  • International Baccalaureate, 34 points

  • International foundation programme, Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components

Course Information

Historical Archaeology explores the material remains of the last 2,000 years - the period for which texts and document sources exist.

Understanding and analysing these sources enables us to understand human lives, from the spread of the Roman Empire to everyday life for the Vikings.

If you are considering a degree in History, but want a course which will make you stand out from the crowd, our BA Historical Archaeology could be for you. Many of our students have studied history, but also have a passion for historic sites, material culture or museums. With Historical Archaeology, you get the best of both worlds.

Our department is renowned for being friendly and welcoming, meaning you'll get to know your lecturers, and they'll get to know you. You'll have endless opportunities to get involved, from joining the Archaeology Society to working abroad on a research project. We're based in the King's Manor in the city centre - a beautiful and truly unique Medieval building, with additional state-of-the-art facilities on the main campus. 

York is the UK’s archaeological capital, with historic buildings and significant remains from the Roman, Viking and Medieval periods. You'll find it a great place to call home.

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Year 1

Core modules

In your first year, your modules will cover:

  • Prehistory to the Present

  • Artefacts and Materials

  • Archaeological Theory

  • Introduction to Archaeological Science 

  • Field Archaeology

Year 2

Core modules

Your core modules will cover:

  • Themes in Historical Archaeology

You'll also prepare for your dissertation with modules covering:

  • Communicating Archaeology

  • Researching Archaeology

  • Designing Research

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

World Archaeology I

  • Conflict

  • World Mummification

  • Alpine Landscape Archaeology

  • The Invention of World Heritage

  • The Late Prehistory of Egypt and the Fertile Crescent

Practical Skills

  • Artefact Analysis

  • Buildings History

  • Human Bones

  • Field Archaeology Survey

  • Archaeology and Heritage

  • Biomolecular Archaeology

Year 3


  • Dissertation and Assessed Lecture

The dissertation is an extended piece of writing, around 10,000 words, on a topic of your choice. You'll be assigned a supervisor who'll support you through the process. After writing your dissertation, you will present your work in the form of an assessed lecture.

Recent titles have included:

  • The Roman army's impact on York

  • Power in Death? An exploration of burial practice at Viking age Hedeby

  • Feeding Venice: A comparative study of archaeological and historical approaches, investigating Venetian supplementation of meat products between 14th - 16th century

  • A study of 18th century English culture, consumption and luxury within a changing society.

  • Landscapes of defense: in what ways was the Leeds Liverpool Canal protected from invasion and attack during WWII?

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

World Archaeology II

These options may not be the same as in your second year.

  • Conflict

  • World Mummification

  • Alpine Landscape Archaeology

  • The Invention of World Heritage

  • The Late Prehistory of Egypt and the Fertile Crescent

Special Topic

These modules are linked directly to staff research interests, so you will be engaging with the most up-to-date research and debates in each subject.

  • Human Evolution

  • Historic Houses

  • Ancient DNA

  • Viking Age Scandinavia

  • Death and Burial in Later Prehistory

  • Mediterranean Civilizations

Assessed Seminars 

These are a unique opportunity to focus your studies on exactly what interests you, and you'll choose one to prepare in the Spring or Summer Term. You'll have some introductory lectures from a specialist in the area, then you'll spend some time designing and chairing your own seminar for your classmates.

  • Archaeology of British Christianity

  • Building Early Modernity 

  • Debates in Archaeological Science 

  • Mesolithic Europe

  • Neanderthals

  • Environmental Archaeology

  • Palaeodiet

  • Modern Landscape

  • Sustainable Heritage

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • Heritage organisations (eg English Heritage, National Trust, Yorkshire Museum)

  • Local councils

  • NHS

  • Police

  • Accountancy

  • Media

  • Marketing agencies

  • Law

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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