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Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography BA/BSc (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Integral to the course are excellent local and residential fieldwork  opportunities and practical activities that have repeatedly been commended by external experts
  • Outstanding  access to specialist equipment and resources, including geophysics, survey kit,  a GIS and Visualisation Suite, GPS units for field mapping, two river monitoring stations, laboratories, and a wide range of other dedicated equipment
  • Innovative approaches to learning and teaching that engage with real-world topics and issues, assessed through a diverse range of coursework types
  • Research focused teaching and paid opportunities to work with staff on projects through the 'Earn as You Learn' Scheme
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local heritage organisations
  • Strong links with local employers provide opportunities for students to conduct exciting and innovative third-year research projects.

What our students say...

“Landscape and the historic environment play a massive role in my work and my degree gave me a fundamental understanding on how the natural and historic environments co-exist and how we can manage them together to preserve them for the future and help people understand their importance.”

Tabitha Leigh
Graduate, Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography BA/BSc (Hons), now working for Natural England

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography.


Entry requirements

Indicative entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Please note that Geography shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview.

The University will consider each application on its individual merits and will recognise a range of qualifications not currently included in the Tariff, including pre-2002 qualifications such as GNVQ.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Jodie Lewis
Admissions Tutor, Archaeology
01905 855182

Dr David Storey
Geography Admissions Tutor

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Heritage
Earth Systems, Processes and Landscapes
People and Place


Module options:


Year 2

Core modules:



Module options:

Archaeology Theory and Research
Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
Death and Burial
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Architecture and the Built Heritage Landscape Archaeology
Environmental Archaeology
(Re) Presenting the Past: History in Film
Geography Field Course
Researching Geography
Mountain Environments, Landscapes and Hazards
Meteorology and Climate
River Monitoring and Assessment Natural Hazards
Contemporary Issues in Human Geography
Geographies of Development
Rural Geography
Urban Geography

Year 3

Core modules:

Independent Study


Module options:

Managing the Historic Environment
Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain
Iron Age and Roman Britain
Medieval Archaeology and Local Heritage
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Architecture and the Built Heritage
Applied GIS & Remote Sensing
River Conservation and Management
River Science Research Project
Environmental Geology
Mountain Glaciers and Landscape
Ice Age Environments
Critical Geographies of Leisure and Consumption
Political Geography
Countryside Conservation and Agricultural Change
Town and Country Planning
Environment and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa



This course opens up a host of exciting career paths that include commercial (field) archaeology, museums and the heritage industry, national organisations (English Heritage, National Trust), archaeological/environmental consultancies, teaching, local government and planning, environmental management and conservation. It will prepare you for a range of interesting and diverse careers, including environmental consultancy, geographical information systems (GIS) management, local government and planning (e.g. town and country planning, regeneration managers, tourism officers, climate change development officers, data managers, community service managers), conservation, working with the wildlife Trust or Civil Service, research and teaching.

Archaeology and Geography graduates have an excellent track record in gaining employment in a wide range of professions and organisations, as a result of the broad range of skills developed through hands-on learning activities centred on the analysis of real world issues and processes.

There are many opportunities to extend your experience and enhance your CV by carrying out voluntary work. Staff members in the Institute have links with several local government (such as local authority planning departments), organisations and other environmental and conservation agencies and can help organise voluntary work (which can feed into Independent Studies projects in the final year of study). Numerous undergraduates have volunteered to assist in the collection of River Science field data in recent years and have gained experience in using our state of the art river monitoring equipment. This has helped some of them gain employment after graduation in the water industry, with environmental consultancies and the Environment Agency.

The course also provides the ideal grounding for postgraduate study and research.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Archaeology & Heritage Studies and Geography BA/BSc (Hons) – LN79

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