201–250 th
World University Rankings 2020
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Archaeological Science - University of Reading

Study with us and join a university that's ranked 31st worldwide for Archaeology[1] and where 97% of our research overall has been judged to be of international standing[2]. Our BSc Archaeological Science differs from our BA Archaeology course in that it concentrates much more on the scientific and forensic aspects of archaeology. There is a strong focus on environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, and we equip you with the skills to analyse human and animal bones, objects, and plant remains in order to understand past societies and the evolution of landscapes and climate change. We have exceptional teaching collections and laboratory facilities with spaces dedicated to the analysis of human remains, artefacts, plant pollen, and archaeological soils and sediments. You will also have access to our three on-campus museums including the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology. A popular part of our courses is an excavation at the end of the first year on which you are guaranteed a place. You will receive high-quality training in a range of practical archaeological field techniques and get direct hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing. This diverse approach presents you with many areas to explore and specialise in, providing you with plenty of options for your final-year dissertation. In addition to the excavation, there will be other fieldwork opportunities and opportunities to work with experts on live research projects throughout the degree. There is the opportunity to study abroad and spend a term in your second year at Aarhus University in Denmark or the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment. We encourage and provide opportunities for you to undertake placements, enabling you to boost your work-related skills and develop a network of contacts. Placements have been carried out across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors as well as in a non-related business or industry if you wanted to explore different career options. **Careers** A degree in Archaeology from our world-class Department provides an excellent foundation to begin a career in commercial archaeology, planning, heritage management and archaeological research, as well as other disciplines including teaching This course will equip you with not only the subject knowledge but also the transferable skills and qualities that employers value and look for. Recent graduates have gone on to find work with major employers such as Oxford Archaeology, Wessex Archaeology, the Museum of London Archaeology and the Natural History Museum. A number of graduates each year also choose to pursue further study following graduation. (1) QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017. (2)Based on our submissions judged to be world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework, 2014 – Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology: A – Archaeology.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,815