Bournemouth University Archaeology

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Bournemouth University Archaeology

The Archaeology Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded to all new Bournemouth University students starting our BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) Archaeology courses in September 2017.

Archaeology: investigating and understanding past cultures and what they did

According to a report published in May 2016 by Historic England, there is an urgent need in the UK for more archaeologists following a surge in infrastructure projects, such as HS2, Crossrail 2 and major road upgrades. The report emphasises the importance of archaeological field schools to produce specifically trained graduates. BU’s unique training scheme will give you opportunities to work alongside commercial archaeologists during your time at BU, gaining transferable skills recognised by the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists. Read more in the careers section.

You can choose to graduate from this degree with either a BSc or BA (Hons). As both awards share their first year, students will be able to choose whether to enrol on the BA or BSc, with the option to change. 100% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things and that they made the subject interesting, so why not book on to an open day and come and meet us to find out more?

We cover a combination of academic study and fieldwork, producing highly skilled practitioners experienced in all forms of landscape survey, remote sensing, excavation and recording. You will attend an archaeological field school at the end of your first year. Participation in BU’s renowned field school – the Durotriges Big Dig – allows you to gain a wide range of practical skills. Read about the dig as it happens on the Big Dig blog.

On this intriguing course, you won’t just learn about past societies, you’ll find out how we discover more about them using a range of techniques, plus you’ll cover a varied range of topics relating to archaeology. This will allow you to have plenty of scope in terms of future career paths, from working directly in archaeology to taking a role in a museum, within the tourism industry or within the field of historic building conservation.

You’ll also have other substantial fieldwork opportunities including one-day visits to sites of significant archaeological interest such as Stonehenge, Avebury, the hill forts of Dorset, the Roman villas of Hampshire and Sussex, Southampton, Winchester and Salisbury.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017, September 2018


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 30-week placement

Relevant subjects:

All subjects except General Studies considered

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 104 to 120 tariff points including 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM. We will consider all subjects but not accept General Studies. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

For 2018 entry: 104-120 tariff points including 3 A -levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

6.5 (Academic) (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements page.