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Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: V402
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Scientific analyses of archaeological remains are today answering some of humankind's most fundamental questions. If you want to learn the skills required to join this vibrant area of scholarship, the Archaeology BSc will train you in scientific methods used at the forefront of many important discoveries. Taught by world-leading researchers in materials analysis, bio archaeology and environmental reconstruction, this degree provides you with experience of the key issues and methods world-wide. As with the Archaeology BA, this degree programme will also provide you with a fundamental understanding of archaeological methods and theory combined with the study of the archaeology of specific geographical areas and chronological periods.

Single Honours students will be required to complete four weeks of supervised fieldwork. This involves two weeks of residential archaeological training on our field school at the end of Year One and a further two week placement at the end of Year Two.

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

Year One modules provide students with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular times and places around the world (including modules on 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. This programme has a vacation fieldwork requirement which totals four weeks of archaeological experience (fieldwork and/or museum-based work). These are usually spread over Years One and Two. Year One fieldwork usually consists of participation in a department-organised training project. In Year Two, many students work on overseas research excavations. Currently there are departmental research projects in Sicily, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Four weeks of fieldwork experience is a requirement of our Single Honours BSc degree course in Archaeology. This will involve two weeks of archaeological training on our departmental field school in the summer between Years 1 and 2 and a further two week placement at the end of Year 2.

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

Do you want to learn the scientific skills required to find out about the past? The Archaeology BSc provides key skills and experience relevant to the practice of archaeology in the UK and around the world, with a particular focus on the contribution of a scientific approach to an understanding of the past through the application of scientific knowledge and laboratory techniques. As with the Archaeology BA, this degree programme will also provide you with a fundamental understanding of archaeological methods and theory combined with the study of the archaeology of specific geographical areas and chronological periods.

Year One modules provide you with a broad introduction to both archaeological methods and the archaeology of particular times and places around the world, (including modules on 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. This programme has a vacation fieldwork requirement which totals four weeks of archaeological experience (fieldwork and/or museum-based work). These are usually spread over Years One and Two. Year One fieldwork usually consists of participation in a department-organised training project. In Year Two, many students work on overseas research excavations. Currently there are departmental research projects in Sicily, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa and Ireland as well as the UK.

Any Joint Honours Select programme (50%) with Archaeology (including our degree course in Ancient History and Archaeology VV14) must do two weeks of archaeological training on our departmental field school in the summer between Years 1 and 2.

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.