Bournemouth University

Course Details

Archaeology Bsc Hons

Course Description

Duration: 3 years full-time with a 5-week placement, or 4 years with a 40-week placement. 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. At BU, 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 a training excavation at the end of your first year. Participation in the Big Dig allows you to gain a wide range of field archaeological skills. 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.

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Career outcomes

Archaeologist Assistant manager Operations team leader Operative Quality co-ordinator. Industries worked in Archaeology Education Historical preservation Archaeological consultancies Local government services.

Archaeology Bsc Hons Bournemouth University