This unique multidisciplinary programme is the only one of its kind available in the UK and offers an opportunity to study an in-depth programme that explores what it is to be human.
This is based on the study of three major areas of evolutionary anthropology: the archaeology of human evolution, palaeoanthropology, and primatology. You can choose to study all three elements or focus on two areas and add modules in life sciences and earth sciences.
You will be required to complete four weeks of fieldwork 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 Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Greece, Egypt as well as the UK.
Programme in detail
Year One modules introduce the archaeology of human origins, archaeological techniques and methods, human anatomy, evolutionary psychology and human and animal behaviour. These topics are taken to an advanced level in Year Two via core and optional modules in early technology, art and language, extinction and migration events and responses to climate change.
In Year Three you will continue to develop your expertise through the detailed study of early human ancestors and evolution, and increase your breadth of knowledge through modules such as primate biology and African archaeology.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
80 Year One undergraduates in 2018
UK league tables
Ranked 5th for Archaeology in the Complete University Guide (2020)
93% of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17)
Ranked 5th for Archaeology and Egyptology for world-leading 4* and 3* research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (THE 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 awardwinning Central Teaching Laboratories where you’ll find equipment and material for scientific analysis and a dedicated space for flint-knapping and cave-painting.
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 wellestablished 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’ (we have 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.
Our plans for teaching 2021/22
Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.