Archaeology (BA)

Cardiff University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18950 per year

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About Archaeology at Cardiff University

Archaeology is the study of the remains of past societies, from the tiny objects worn on the body to monumental complexes such as Stonehenge. Blending the sciences and humanities, archaeology will equip you to better understand what it is to be human. It is the only discipline which allows you to study humanity from the earliest hominids five million years ago to the present day.

A pioneer of the discipline in the UK, we celebrate 100 years of Archaeology and Conservation in 2020. Today, our experts bring new discoveries and latest thinking into every-day teaching, specialising in the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, Europe and the British Isles.

Our degree will introduce you to the range of evidence studied by archaeologists; from landscapes, buildings and monuments to food remains and everyday objects.

You will develop the specific skills required to study this varied evidence plus a broad knowledge of their wider context.

Particularly appealing is our focus on developing practical skills, both in the field and in the laboratory. You will experience fully funded archaeological fieldwork through our approved programme. These memorable placements take place at home in the UK and overseas, in the summers following Year One and Year Two.

Our Archaeology students progress into a range of careers, with recent graduates choosing to work within the heritage sector (e.g. for archaeological contractors, museums and heritage bodies) or in graduate-level sectors ranging from teaching to TV. Studying archaeology is an excellent way to develop a range of skills valued by employers, for example through developing teamworking and leadership skills in the field and learning how to communicate complex stories about the past to a range of audiences.

Investigate the material remains of past societies and cultures, from prehistory to the present day. With a particular focus on the archaeology of the British Isles, Europe, the Mediterranean and Egypt, our Archaeology degrees are noted for their geographical and chronological breadth and the wide range of choice on offer.

Equipping you with both practical and academic skills, our degree can open up careers within the heritage sector and beyond. Our research-active staff are leading a range of projects and developing innovative techniques in forensics, dating, isotope analyses and osteology.

The programme provides a valuable range of intellectual transferable skills to enter a wide range of professions, and the training necessary to progress to postgraduate level. You gain rewarding and enriching practical experience on two fieldwork projects over the summer at the end of the first and second year.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 18950 per year

Entry requirements

A Levels


Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English requirements

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits. III: at least a Pass in all components.

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

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