Archaeology BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V400
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Develop an understanding of archaeological methods and theory to unlock some of the most fundamental questions about human life, from the emergence of our species until the 20th century.

Study as part of joint-honours at 100:0 Choosing this subject as a Single Honours

Studying human, animal and plant remains, artefacts and art, you will learn how to reconstruct the past from its material remains. You will investigate the major social, economic, religious and technological developments in long-term human history – from Britain to South Africa and Spain to China – and learn how to carry out archaeological excavation and survey.

You will be required to complete four weeks of fieldwork for this programme including two weeks on our department field school at the end of Year One. In Year Two, many students work on overseas staff research excavations, currently these are based in Sicily, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Southern Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Programme in detail

Year One modules provide you with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular periods and places around the world, including: the principles and practice of archaeology, the origins of humanity, the ancient world (Greece, Italy and the Near East) and the archaeological history of the UK.

Years Two and Three build on this foundation through a wide range of lecture, laboratory and practical skills-based modules for you to choose from. This programme requires four weeks of archaeological experience (fieldwork and/or museum-based work) usually spread over Years One and Two. Year One fieldwork usually consists of participation in the department field school. In Year Two, many students work on overseas research excavations, currently these are based in Sicily, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Southern Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Fieldwork opportunities

Archaeological fieldwork can be physically demanding, and requires an ability to undertake certain tasks (such as walking, carrying/using tools and equipment). At Liverpool, our Support Team is committed to supporting students and considering barriers to participation. On student request, we discuss reasonable adjustments to enable participation for disabled students, and can provide alternative (non-field/non-residential) options as appropriate. Please contact our Director of Fieldwork for further information: rachel.pope@liverpool.ac.uk.

Study as part of joint-honours at 75:25 Choosing this subject as a Major

Year One modules provide you with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular periods and places around the world, including: the principles and practice of archaeology, the origins of humanity, the ancient world (Greece, Italy and the Near East) and the archaeological history of the UK.

Years Two and Three build on this foundation through a wide range of lecture, laboratory and practical skills-based modules for you to choose from. This programme requires four weeks of archaeological experience (fieldwork and/or museum-based work) usually spread over Years One and Two. Year One fieldwork usually consists of participation in the department field school. In Year Two, many students work on overseas research excavations, currently these are based in Sicily, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Southern Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a Joint

The Archaeology Joint Honours degree (Archaeology at 50%) provides you with a solid understanding of archaeological methods and theory, combined with the study of the archaeology of specific geographical areas and chronological periods. This enables you to build highly transferrable skills (team-working, critical thinking, synthesising information and data, IT and oral skills) into any humanities degree.

Year One modules provide you with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular times and places around the world. Years Two and Three build on this foundation through a range of lecture, laboratory and practical skills-based modules. Students studying Archaeology as a joint degree can participate in additional, overseas research excavations. These are currently in Sicily, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Southern Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Key modules

Year One core modules

  • Bronze age civilisations: Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean
  • Empires and citizens: the classical Mediterranean and the Near East
  • Principles of archaeology
  • The origins of humanity
  • The practice of archaeology.

Year Two core modules

  • Artefacts and technology
  • Archaeological excavation skills.

Year Three core modules

  • Dissertation.

Study as part of joint-honours at 25:75Choosing this subject as a Minor

You can study Archaeology as a Minor alongside your Major subject. Archaeology at 25% provides you the skills to unearth and reconstruct the past, and to study the archaeology of the geographical areas and chronological periods which most interest you while introducing key transferrable skills (team-working, critical thinking, synthesising information and data, IT and oral skills).

Year One modules introduce archaeological methods and the archaeology of a particular region or time period.

Years Two and Three build on this foundation through a range of lecture, laboratory and practical skills-based modules. Students studying Archaeology as a Minor will be offered an opportunity to participate in fieldwork, on our department fieldwork or on overseas research excavations. Currently there are departmental research projects in Sicily, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Southern Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Key modules

Year One core modules

  • Empires and citizens: the classical Mediterranean and the Near East
  • Principles of archaeology
  • The practice of archaeology.

Year Two and Three

There are no core modules, instead you will be able to choose from a wide range of modules that particularly interest you.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

84 Year One undergraduates in 2016

UK league tables

• Ranked 11th for Archaeology in the Sunday Times/Times University Guide 2017
• Ranked 5th for Archaeology in The Guardian University Guide 2018

National Student Survey

96% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)

Research performance

Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Why this subject?

Bring theory to life

At Liverpool our teaching is not just paper-based; we have campus facilities that allow you to experience hands-on activities to complement your studies. You’ll be taught in our Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which holds over 40,000 artefacts, including collections from Egypt, the Aegean, Sudan, the Middle East and Great Britain. You’ll use specialised archaeological facilities in our Archaeological Research Laboratories as well as our award-winning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting, all of which are part of our core teaching activities.

Benefit from the unique breadth of our programmes

You’ll work alongside staff who are experts in their chosen field and have developed degree programmes that fully immerse you in the subject by studying the world from human origins right through to the civilisations of Greece, Rome, the Near East and Egypt.

You can either choose to focus on a particular culture or period, or gain a broader training that combines ancient civilisations. Alongside this, you will also have the opportunity to explore a number of ancient languages: Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Coptic, Sumerian and Akkadian.

Surround yourself with academic excellence

You’ll be studying in one of the largest and well-established departments of its kind in the world, with a community of 35 full-time academic staff all engaged in internationally recognised research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Archaeology and Egyptology staff were ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research.

Our staff specialisms include Greek and Roman Literature and Culture, Ancient History, Mediterranean Archaeology, British Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology, Human Evolution (Evolutionary Anthropology), African Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology and Egyptology (the largest grouping of Egyptologists in the UK).

Fulfil your potential in a supportive environment

With our extensive staff expertise, we support you in every aspect of your learning. As you move through your programme of study, we work with you to encourage you to play to your strengths and to specialise in aspects and approaches that interest you most, whether historical, archaeological, literary or linguistic.