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BA Archaeology (F400)

Left: Students excavating at Auckland Castle. Right: Roman ring found at Binchester Roman Fort


This course offers an extensive overview of world archaeology in a general, wide-ranging programme providing teaching and training in a diverse array of social and scientific methods. With a broad range of modules on offer, this programme will allow you to build subject and geographic specialisms suited to your own interests and career aspirations.


Modules in British, European and World archaeology provide you with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of archaeology and heritage in different regions including Europe, the Near East, North Africa, and South and East Asia.


Advanced skills training, as well as practical, lab, and field-based options assist students in developing knowledge and expertise in, for example, data analysis, remote sensing, GIS and survey, materials analysis, 3-D modelling, museum and heritage skills, and osteology. In the first year, students acquire the basic range of intellectual and practical archaeological skills. In the second and third years students move to more in-depth study of particular topics and methods working closely with staff and developing their own independent research project in their third year.


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Develop your knowledge and practical skills

You will benefit from a rich array of field trips and field training on our modules and the chance to participate in UK and international field schools. Modules provide access to our state-of-the-art facilities, from training in geoinformatics to osteology, while Durham University Museums and the Durham World Heritage Site also offer unique opportunities for studying outstanding and internationally important heritage and collections.

We also offer the opportunity to take part in a paid placement year with our commercial archaeology unit, where you will gain even more practical skills and qualifications. Our graduates from this programme work in a broad range of employment sectors, taking their knowledge and skills into careers in local planning, environmental protection, law, publishing, for example as well as heritage and archaeological organisations around the world.

Professional Accreditation

Students studying this course can also follow a route accredited by CIfA, the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Choosing an accredited undergraduate degree is widely recognised as the first step on a career pathway leading to professional status. To obtain a CIfA accredited degree, students study modules which equip them with the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge to act as a foundation for a career in the UK commercial archaeology sector.

Entry requirements for international students