Nautical Archaeology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David 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
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International course fees
GBP 14900 per year

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About Nautical Archaeology at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

The programme introduced here, the BA in Nautical Archaeology, is a highly innovative, and exciting programme of study that brings students face-to-face with recent developments and discoveries in this new and exciting area of study. Nautical or underwater Archaeology explores a range of methodologies, practices and processes for unlocking the secrets below the waves, and in explaining these archaeological approaches, drawing as it does upon a range of examples from the ancient and medieval world, the early modern period and through to the shipwrecks of the Second World War.

There is a particular focus upon the Newport Ship project , a find of international importance and on which several of our archaeologists have been heavily involved in both the excavation side and on the digitisation and interpretation of the finds. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake field work. Running alongside the programme students will be able to take dive-training at a local swimming pool if they do not already have this qualification.

Several of our tutors are internationally recognised experts and leading researchers in their particular field, notably Associate Professor Nigel Nayling in the area of nautical archaeology.

Key Features

  • Access to dive-training
  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Access to Laboratories
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, Castles and Cathedrals


  • Land, Sea and Sky Scapes
  • Coastal and marine processes/ Governance in coastal and marine
  • Data, Methods and Practice
  • Museums , Representation and Identity
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Newport ship
  • Wreckology
  • Advanced Archaeological Analysis

Course Tutor(s)

  • Professor Nigel Nayling
  • Dr Martin Bates


Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats from essays (ranging from 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, laboratory reports, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.

Career Opportunities

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to assist you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Marine services
  • Tourism
  • Museum and archive
  • Heritage sector and heritage management
  • Local government archaeology
  • Administration

Further Information

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA Nautical Archaeology at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.

Related Courses

  • BA Archaeology
  • BA Archaeology Professional Practice
  • BA Environmental Archaeology
  • BA Archaeology with Forensic Studies

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

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 starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14900 per year

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

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