This four-year joint honours BA in Religious Studies and Archaeology with a Year of Study Abroad gives you the opportunity to combine the study of religion and archaeology at Cardiff University with the cross-cultural experience of a year studying in a partner institution abroad. Being joint honours, it allows you to combine the study of religion with the study of past human communities through material excavations, from the earliest human origins through to the late middle-ages. Additionally it provides a range of important transferable skills useful for entry into the graduate job market. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the fundamental questions of existence, in a flourishing centre of research. Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. The Archaeology courses at Cardiff University concentrate on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt. You will learn with staff who undertake exciting research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from the department’s facilities which include bespoke teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts. Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour. Our lecturers are active researchers in their fields, bringing the latest research into teaching. The course aims to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence and to express opinions cogently. Distinctive features You will gain invaluable cross-cultural experience by spending a year studying abroad in a partner institution in Europe, the USA, Canada or Hong Kong. The year of study abroad introduces novel academic study opportunities and will also provide you with the life skills to compete in an increasingly global workforce, such as cultural adaptability, resilience and independence. This degree provides the training necessary for those who wish to study Religious Studies or Archaeology at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for other professions.