BA single honours 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, and the History and Archaeology programme teams are located immediately adjacent to St Martin’s, the oldest parish church in England. So what better place to study archaeology?

This programme integrates modules from Canterbury Christ Church University’s highly regarded History and Archaeology Programmes. It covers a period stretching from prehistory through to the twenty first century, and provides students with the opportunity to examine how historical and archaeological evidence is used to construct knowledge about the past. The archaeological elements of the programme offer students a grounding in the theoretical and practical elements of the discipline, and lectures and seminars are supported by field trips and artefact handling workshops. The combination of history and archaeology gives students an excellent grounding in these two related disciplines.

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

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 the human past.

In Year 1 students are introduced to the key principles of history and archaeology, including source analysis and research methods. In Years 2 and 3 students study a broad range of societies and cultures from across Britain and Europe from later prehistory through to the twenty first century. In Year 3, all students also have the option of undertaking a 10,000 word Individual Study that they design, research and write.

The range of history modules offered in this programme 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.

Please see the Archaeology and History course pages for more detailed information
about modules in each subject area.

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 enhances student 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.

As a guide only, the 2014/15 annual tuition fees for this programme are:







Exceptions may apply. For more information, or if you are uncertain about your fee status please contact

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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.

We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. As part of this programme 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. Find out more on our Study in North America web page.

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UCAS code

  • V1V4


  • 3 years full-time

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