This is an exciting opportunity to study museum studies and archaeology at an undergraduate level.
Learn to think and research like a museum professional while gaining hands-on experience at our three on-site museums and on archaeological digs.
This Joint Honours course combines the contemporary theory and practice of museum studies with the academic and practical study of archaeology. At the University of Reading, our expertise in Archaeology starts with the earliest humans and spans up until the medieval period. We focus mainly on British, European and Near Eastern Archaeology, but also explore other regions across the world.
Central to the course is the hands-on experience you will gain at our on-site museums. The University has three museums – including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology – in which you can gain experience as a volunteer while you learn. As well as museums we also have a number of special collections, including art and rare books.
You will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a museum professional by considering the environment that artefacts are displayed in, how they are catalogued and the meanings they hold for different audiences.
Our museum teaching staff are all practising professionals, including curators, conservators and archivists, and use a combination of problem-solving and enquiry based learning techniques in their teaching. You will be given the opportunity to conduct your own research throughout the course, and in your final year, you will design, create and evaluate your own exhibition.
Placement - This four-year degree course includes a placement of a year's study at a university abroad in your third year, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and international experience. You can also combine the two options by spending one semester studying abroad and then undertaking a half-year professional placement abroad or back in the UK. We provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts. Placements are an excellent way to enhance your work-related skills and develop a network of contacts, as well as strengthen your employability prospects. Opportunities are available working across the archaeological, heritage, planning and museum sectors including: research institutions, government organisations, local planning authorities, archaeological consultancies, field units, specialists and archivists. Our teaching staff have great connections with conservators, learning specialists and funding and policy specialists, as well as with a large number of museums, including local institutions such as the Reading Museum, the River and Rowing Museum, and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers' Museum of Technology. Alternatively you can choose a placement in a non-related business or industry, exploring different career options and enhancing your employability by drawing on the many non-vocational, transferable skills you obtain from a Museum Studies and Archaeology degree.
Past placement examples include: Traineeship with Oxford Archaeology, Traineeship at the Field School, Archaeological science placement at QUEST, the University of Reading’s scientific consultancy company, Volunteering at the Ure Museum, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life, Human remains placement, Mediterranean Palaeoclimate Project placement, Hominin Skeletal Morphology placement, Archaeological Graphics placement, Lithics Reference Collection placement, “Developing Experimental, Archaeology for Research and Training” placement, “The Ecology of Crusading: Isotope Analysis and Faunal Remains” placement, Summer Enterprise Experience and Discovery internship scheme
We have a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.