BA single honours or in combination with another subject Archaeology 2016/17

Kent is rich in history and archaeology, and 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, and the programme is located immediately adjacent to St Martin's, which is the oldest parish church in England. So what better place to study archaeology?

Archaeology encompasses a broad spectrum of practical and academic skills which involve both science and the arts. Archaeology is a fascinating subject in itself, but it also introduces students to a diverse set of skills that are relevant to a wide range of career paths.

This programme allows students to combine modules in archaeology in combination with a related discipline. Our modules cover the human past from early prehistory through to the Renaissance, and offer students not just a grounding in theoretical approaches to archaeology but also practical experience through fully funded excavation placements.

If you choose to study Archaeology and History (VV41) you are also eligible to apply to study in for a year in North America as part of your degree.

In each year of the degree students have the opportunity to take modules that offer both theoretical and practical approaches to archaeology. Our modules cover a broad range of themes including: prehistory, the Roman and Medieval worlds, fieldwork and dating techniques, life and death, ritual and religion, theory and method, scientific analysis, landscape studies, computer applications and GIS.  All students have the option of undertaking two fully funded fieldwork placements, and can also choose a 10,000 word Individual Study that they design, research and write.

The Archaeology combined honours degree introduces students to skills which are relevant to a wide range of career paths in both the commercial and public sectors, particularly in areas of heritage, conservation of the built environment, museums and education. The programme also provides an ideal basis for students wishing to study Archaeology or a related subject at postgraduate level, as well as professional qualifications relating to the heritage, conservation and museum sectors.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
  • Intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research
  • Ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively
  • Ability to discuss ideas in groups, and to negotiate, question and summarise
  • Capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Archaeology.

Year 1 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules

  • Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Introduction to the Roman World
  • Introduction to Medieval Studies
  • Archaeological Skills

Indicative Year 2 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules

  • Archaeological Placement I
  • Life and Death in Medieval Europe
  • Castles in Medieval Society
  • Approaches to Archaeological Interpretation
  • Data Analysis in Archaeology
  • Individual Archaeological Research Project

Indicative Year 3 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules

  • Archaeological Placement II
  • Themes in Later European Prehistory
  • Britain in the Early Medieval World
  • Roman Frontiers: Life and Interaction at the Edges of the Roman Empire
  • Individual Archaeological Study


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas *






Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office: .

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 


Included in the Tuition Fee

Additional Cost to Student

Further information if additional cost to student – what the costs cover, when payable and how much

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink.

Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.



Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements


Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.


Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements.

Some additional costs to the student are associated with the participation in archaeological fieldwork placements. The cost of the placement itself (training, supervision, equipment, and PPE) is provided by the University. However, travel to and from the placement, accommodation, and food and drink during the placement are generally not provided by the University or fieldwork placement provider.


Text books


Own purchase text books.


DBS / Health Checks


Yes, although some checks may be reclaimed for courses funded by the NHS.


Professional Body Registration




Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons)




Clothing / Kit

Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons.

Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for Health & Safety reasons.

Some fieldwork placements involve camping, and in these cases camping gear is not provided by the University or fieldwork placement provider.

Clothing and kit that is essential for Health & Safety reasons are provided by the University and/or fieldwork placement provider at no extra cost to the student. Clothing and kit that is kept by the student and not essential for Health & Safety reasons are not provided by the University or fieldwork placement provider.

Learning Materials

Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course.

Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.


Library Fees and Fines





Printing & Photocopying




Social Events

No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.

Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.



Graduation Ceremonies

It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself.

Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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 Blackboard (or other VLE)), archaeological placements, 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, portfolios of practical work, evaluations of web-based resources, reflective logs, individual and group oral and written presentations, group discussion, review and skills workshops via Blackboard (or other VLE), primary source and artefact analyses.

We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. If you choose to combine Archaeology with History then you can apply to our internal competition to study at one of our exchange partners in the USA or Canada as part of your degree.

For further information visit our Study in North America web page.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • V400 Archaeology
  • VT47 Archaeology and American Studies
  • VQ43 and English Literature
  • G8YA and Forensic Investigation
  • VR41 and French
  • VF48 and Geography
  • VV41 and History
  • V4VP and Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
  • V401 and Spanish
  • V990 and Theology


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