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History with Archaeology

Why History with Archaeology?

Canterbury is one of the most significant historical and cultural centres in Britain. Canterbury Christ Church University is itself situated in a World Heritage site stretching from the Cathedral to the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, so where better to study the historical and material culture of the past, or look at the everyday lives and experiences of our ancestors over the last two millennia?

This programme combines many of the modules from Canterbury Christ Church University’s highly regarded History Programme (see page 89) with additional Archaeology modules. It covers a period stretching from prehistory through to 1750 and provides students with the opportunity to explore the material culture of Britain across this period, as well as the history of Britain and the wider world from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Reformation. The Archaeological elements of the programme offer students not just a grounding in theoretical approaches to material culture but practical experience of the discipline, including surveying and artefact recording. The combination of history and archaeology gives students an excellent grounding in these two related disciplines.

What will I study?

The History with Archaeology programme is structured so that students can combine archaeological evidence and interpretation with historical resources to provide a fuller framework for the study of pre-modern societies.

In each year of the degree, alongside modules drawn from the history programme, students have the opportunity to take archaeology modules that offer theoretical and practical approaches to the discipline, as well as thematic studies.

In Year 2, for example, available modules include ones on the material culture of early medieval Britain as well as a practical module on recording and investigating artefacts.

In Year 3, all students have the option of undertaking a 10,000 word Individual Study that they design, research and write and History with Archaeology students have the option of undertaking the Individual Study on an archaeological topic.

The range of history modules offered in this programme also complements the archaeological ones available at every level, creating a genuinely inter-disciplinary degree programme. Over the three years of the programme, depending on the precise combination chosen, students will spend around a third of their time on specialist archaeology modules.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching techniques used on the programme include:

lectures, seminars and workshops (including student-led seminars and workshops held in classes and conducted on the University virtual learning environment (or other VLE)), tutorials, reviews, reflective logs, document and artefact analyses, independent readings and investigations, bibliographical annotations, and students‘ self-directed learning.


Assessment techniques used on the programme include:

essays, extended essays, unseen examinations, book/article reviews, evaluations of web-based resources, reflective logs, individual and group oral and written presentations, group discussion, review and skills workshops via the University virtual learning environment (or other VLE), primary source and artefact analyses.

What can I do next?

The History with Archaeology degree leads into a wide variety of careers in both the commercial and public sectors. Students graduating from the History programme have gained employment in advertising, banking, the civil service, political research, journalism, librarianship, heritage and museum services, social work and teaching.

The study of Archaeology obviously adds to the students’ employability, especially in the areas of heritage, conservation of the built environment, museums and education. The programme also provides an ideal basis for students wishing to study History or Archaeology at postgraduate level, as well as professional qualifications relating to the heritage, conservation and museum sectors.

> Department of History and American Studies

About the course

BA single honours


3 years full-time
5 or 6 years part-time 



Typical entry requirements

260 UCAS points including BCC at A2 Level, or equivalent (see here)

How to apply


How will I be assessed?

Coursework, examination, group projects, presentations

Department of History and American Studies


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