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Classics and Archaeology
Bachelor of Archaeology and History of Art
Bachelor of Archaeology and History of Art

Bachelor of Archaeology and History of Art

  • ID:UN440014
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£20,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£20,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£12,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
Estimated Total/program:
£96,900.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in each element) or
  • PTE 76 (with a minimum of 65 in each element) or
  • TOEFL (iBT) 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements) 

Course Information

Art, in its many forms, surrounds us. But how do we use objects and spaces to express ourselves and negotiate our identities, politics and culture?

On this course, you will combine art history and archaeology techniques to explore our use of visual and material culture. You can choose modules spanning from classical civilisations to the present day.

Field trips to local and national archaeological sites, museums and galleries are an important part of the course. You will also complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork. This will be in an approved excavation project or a related placement, in the UK or overseas.

As a joint honours student, you will benefit from skills development and assessment methods from both subjects. Each subject is taught separately, but you can choose a uniting theme for your final year dissertation.

It is not necessary to have studied Art or History of Art to apply for this course.

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Modules

Year 1

Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. This means that even if you haven’t studied archaeology or history of art before, we’ll build everyone's knowledge to the same level, so you can progress through to year two.

You will take 120 credits of modules split as follows:

  • Compulsory core modules (100 credits) – you will study the principles and methods of archaeological investigation and art interpretation, and become aware of the key issues in both disciplines
  • Optional modules (0-20 credits) – you will choose from further archaeology modules

You’ll have at least 12 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You must pass year one, but it does not count towards your final degree classification.

In the summer break, you will complete at least part of your required archaeological fieldwork placement.

Core modules

  • Understanding the Past I – Introduction to Archaeology
  • Understanding the Past II – Landscapes and Surveying
  • History of Art: Renaissance to Revolution
  • Art, Methods, and Media
  • History of Art: Modern to Contemporary

Optional modules
Choose 20 credits from a range, which may include:

  • Rome to Revolution: Historical Archaeology of Britain.
  • Interpreting Ancient Art and Archaeology
  • Comparative World Prehistory
  • Great Discoveries in Archaeology

Year 2

You will take 120 credits of modules split as follows:

  • Compulsory core modules (20 credits) – you will study more advanced approaches and interpretation techniques of archaeological research
  • Archaeology optional modules (40 credits) – choose from a range of topics and periods for more in-depth study
  • History of Art optional modules (60 credits) – choose academic modules which allow you to explore art history in a range of geographical and historical contexts, with an additional work placement option

You’ll have at least 10 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You must pass year two, which counts as 33% towards your final degree classification.

Core modules

  • Archaeology: Theory and Practice
  • Archaeology optional modules

Choose 40 credits from a range, which may include:

  • Themes in Near Eastern Prehistory
  • The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England
  • The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions
  • Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)
  • The World of the Etruscans
  • The Origins and Rise of Aegean Civilisation

History of Art optional modules
Choose 60 credits from a range, which may include:

  • Understanding Cultural Industries
  • Media Identities: Who We Are and How We Feel
  • The Sixties: Culture and Counterculture
  • Film and Television in Social and Cultural Context
  • European Avant-Garde Film
  • Black Art in a White Context: Display, Critique and The Other
  • Digital Communications and Media
  • Art at the Tudor Courts, 1485-1603

Year 3

You will take 120 credits of modules split as follows:

  • Compulsory core modules (20-40 credits) – you will write a dissertation in either History of Art or Archaeology, or you may combine the two
  • Archaeology optional modules (20-60 credits) – choose from a range of modules to develop advanced knowledge and skills
  • History of art optional modules (20-60 credits) – choose from a range of modules to develop advanced knowledge and skills

You’ll have at least eight hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and tutorials.

You must pass year three, which counts as 67% towards your final degree classification.

Core modules

  • Classics and Archaeology Dissertation

Or, choose from 20 and 40 credit dissertations in History of Art:

  • Dissertation in History of Art

Archaeology optional modules
If you choose the archaeology dissertation, then you may take a further 20 credits from a range which may include: 

  • From Petra to Palmyra: Art and Culture in the Roman Near East
  • Themes in Near Eastern Prehistory
  • The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions
  • Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)
  • The World of the Etruscans
  • The Origins and Rise of Aegean Civilisation
  • The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England

History of Art optional modules
If you choose the history of Art 20 credit dissertation, then you may choose a further 40 credits. If you choose the history of Art 40 credit dissertation, then you may choose a further 20 credits. 

The range of modules available may include:

  • Self, Sign and Society
  • Film and Television Genres
  • Auditory Cultures: Sound, Listening and Everyday Life in the Modern World
  • Gender, Sexuality and Media
  • Public Cultures: Protest, Participation and Power
  • Fascism, Spectacle and Display
  • Art and Science: 1900 to the present
  • Mobility and the Making of Modern Art
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Many graduate employers will recruit students from any discipline into a wide range of careers and classics students are well placed to be very competitive in the job market.

In the past few years, classics graduates who seek employment have found themselves in a diverse range of roles with major employers and professions. Examples include:

  • education
  • recruitment
  • retail
  • marketing and public relations
  • heritage
  • finance
  • the police
  • local and national government
  • media, and 
  • charities
  • PR, publishing and media
  • accountancy and business

It is true to say that many classics graduates (and other subjects) take some time building their career through a series of roles to get to a specific career where they want to be or even to decide what job suits them.

This could be due to a variety of reasons for example:  the sector they want to enter requires an entry-level position (for example: heritage, media roles and publishing) or they are saving up to fund a postgraduate course or travel and therefore their first destination is a stop gap.

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Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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