This joint honours degree explores the past through both The Written and The Wrought by examining lives, technologies, monuments and events through a close integration of Archaeology and History. Whilst History specialises in the study of past societies through their written documents, many cultures are best approached not just through the texts that framed their lives, but the landscapes, architecture and objects they made or inhabited. Combine the best of both worlds: training in critical historical source analysis with practical archaeological methods, in our exciting new degree. You can select courses in Ancient, Medieval or Modern as well as Economic and Social History, or even specialise in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Other modules offer insights into gender history or the history of warfare and violence. Dedicated modules in historical archaeology bring these two subjects into close focus, with further archaeological options in prehistory to the industrial revolution, and historical modules in British, European, African or Asian history. By drawing from the widest range of sources and methods, History and Archaeology embraces a rich tapestry of perspectives on the human past. You can take part in research training in both archival study and archaeological methods, developing skills that can lead to a variety of employment opportunities, including Public History, Conservation, Urban Planning, Field Archaeology, Heritage Management, and careers within museums and art galleries. **The course aims to**: - Fulfil the University's undertaking to provide high quality teaching and research environment that enables students to develop their full potential; - Encourage students to take increasing charge of their own learning, develop critical skills and broaden their intellectual horizons, and to foster an enthusiasm for the subject; - Provide students with a knowledge of a range of past societies and cultures, and an understanding of archaeological and historical theory, method and interpretation; - Foster a critical understanding of the place and importance of history and archaeology in contemporary society, including the issues and controversies which they provoke; - Introduce students to the historical and archaeological inheritance of Manchester and the North West; - Harness the wide range of staff expertise in the Departments of History and Archaeology to provide innovatory and stimulating course units appropriate to the programmes; - Monitor, review and update programmes regularly to ensure that they meet appropriate academic standards; - Respond positively to the needs and concerns of students from a range of backgrounds; - Provide effective pastoral and academic support; - Develop in students a range of transferable skills to meet career demands, including careers in archaeology, and provide a foundation for lifelong learning; - Equip capable students to participate in taught masters programmes and prepare students for independent research at a higher level. **Special Features** You will have the opportunity to attend a range of different archaeological projects where you will receive training in fieldwork (there is the potential for four weeks archaeological fieldwork). Our students can benefit through extensive use of our cultural assets: the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery (see also section on Facilities).