It’s extra special to study Humanities at a University situated on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, occupying part of the same ground as the original St Augustine’s Abbey.



    Our Canterbury Campus is in a World Heritage Site, making it an excellent place to study Archaeology.

    You will participate in funded fieldwork placements, where you will gain practical experience and transferable skills.

    Our expert staff will support and inspire you in your academic journey as we explore the past, from the earliest human origins through to the present day. You will study the theories, methods and practice of archaeology, including laboratory analysis of artefacts and skeletal remains, survey, excavation and computing techniques, and contemporary debates in archaeological thought.

    98% of our Archaeology students were satisfied with the academic support on their course.

    National Student Survey 2021

    Why Study Archaeology?

    Archaeology is a fascinating and varied subject. It is both practical and academic and draws upon the humanities, natural and social sciences, and the arts.

    Our course will help you to consolidate a wide range of skills that will equip you for employment across a number of sectors, both within and outside of Archaeology, including heritage, education, environmental policy and planning, tourism, conservation, museums, charities, and media.

    Note: At the moment we are planning to run the compulsory fieldwork element in the summer as normal. We may have to adjust our plans in the light of national guidance on the COVID-19 situation. COVID-secure protocols can be established to deliver the Fieldwork if necessary, however, if there is a national lockdown, the fieldwork will be postponed until it is safe to undertake it.

    Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2022

    In the Top 12 for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching in the subject area of Archaeology.

      All about the course

      In Year 1, you will gain a broad understanding of the human past from early prehistory, along with training in key archaeological methods and techniques such as excavation, survey, skeletal analysis and artefact study.

      You will gain skills and knowledge needed to pursue more specialised training and in-depth study in subsequent years.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

      In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will learn through a combination of academic and practical activities on and off campus. Some modules are centred around lectures, seminars and workshops (usually held weekly and of two-hour duration), while the majority of practical teaching is in the laboratory and field, where you can spend up to eight weeks learning archaeological techniques.

      You will have one-to-one contact time with staff during your studies and for some modules, such as the optional third year dissertation, there will be small group tutorials and individual supervision.

      You will typically have around 10 contact hours per week although your contact hours in Years 2 and 3 will depend on the optional modules you select. In addition there is one-to-one contact and day field trips.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      100% of our Archaeology students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course

      National Student Survey 2021 

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-guided study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, local museums and heritage sites, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops, and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For your dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research alongside workshops and one-to-one supervision from a member of the course team.

      Your overall workload typically consists of around 10 contact hours per week during semester time. In addition, you will undertake 13-15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity. In some weeks there will be field trips, and the fieldwork placement typically takes place five days a week (full-time) over the course of a month during the summer.

      The team consists of highly qualified and supportive academics who have a range of expertise and experience. Our staff are research-active and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      Our team members hold doctoral, teaching and professional qualifications. The majority of staff hold Higher Education Academy professional teaching qualifications and/or membership of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

      Postgraduate students and invited guest lecturers sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, our permanent course team deliver the vast majority of teaching.

      You should note members of the teaching team might change.

      Working in an UNESCO World Heritage Site offers so many opportunities to truly immerse yourself in this dynamic, hands-on subject. I specialise in medieval archaeology and osteoarchaeology and I particularly enjoy teaching across a range of environments both on and off campus, from the newly built laboratories, to the many heritage sites on our doorstep.

      Dr Ellie WilliamsSubject Lead, Archaeology

      National Student Survey 2021

      of final year Archaeology students were satisfied with the teaching on their course

      How you’ll be assessed

      Our modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments (such as essays and reports), practical exercises (such as laboratory reports and assessed work in the field), with less emphasis on exams. Support and guidance for assessments is provided throughout the course.

      The balance of assessment depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

      96% of our Archaeology students were satisfied with the assessment and feedback on their course.

      National Student Survey 2021
      55% Coursework
      45% Practical assessments

      Your future career

      A degree in archaeology provides training in creative and critical thinking, analysis of complex datasets, and research and communication. The study and practice of archaeology also rely on excellent teamwork, management, and problem-solving skills. This opens many opportunities for employment and further study.

      Our graduates have successfully gained employment in a range of professions, including commercial archaeology, local government, museums, and industry. Recent graduates have worked for Wessex Archaeology, Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Historic England, and the National Trust. The degree can also lead onto postgraduate study in archaeology or a related discipline such as history, geography, museum studies, or anthropology. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue postgraduate qualifications in specialist fields such as osteoarchaeology, heritage studies, and urban planning.

      Since graduating I have started a Masters in Tourism and Events Management. I hope to work within the heritage sector organising community events and outreach activities. The Archaeology Team helped me to discover which career path I wanted to take, and their ongoing support helped me to expand my skill set and knowledge within the archaeological sector. They also provided great pastoral care and ensured I could reach my full potential.

      BethBA Archaeology

      Combined honours

      Combined UCAS Codes

      Forensic Investigation G8YA
      History VV41
      Religion, Philosophy and Ethics V4VP


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 £7,250

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

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

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