BA (Hons) Archaeology

Archaeology at Winchester is structured to allow students maximum flexibility in their choice of course and is designed to suit those students who are primarily interested in cultural archaeology. The programme takes a wide view of the archaeology of different periods and cultures, from the earliest humans to the industrial age.

BA (Hons) Archaeology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: F400

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 260-300 points

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900

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Additional costs: 

Optional cost - week-long Archaeology Fieldtrip module costs £150 in Year 2. 

Excavation: Four-weeks' compulsory fieldwork for BA/ BSc Archaeology and BSc Archaeological Practice (only two weeks for Combined Hons) takes place over the summer after Year 1, with a further four weeks' optional fieldwork in the summer after Year 2 (compulsory for BSc Archaeological Practice). Students opt to do the fieldwork at one of the Department's research/ training projects. Local projects have no direct costs for student participants. Students who opt to join department-approved research projects elsewhere, either regionally or internationally, may have to cover project-specific costs. At the highest end of this spectrum are the projects in Barbados (£1200 for two weeks); and Georgia (£1500 for four weeks) where the costs include flights, food and accommodation for the duration of the project.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



There are UK fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and a summer excavation. Students can also join fieldwork  research projects elsewhere in the world such as Barbados, Corsica, Georgia, Belgium, Greece and Ethiopia.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


The Department of Archaeology  has a commercial  research consultancy (ARCA).

Student satisfaction:

100% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (

100% of students in work/study six months after finishing (

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

Modules aim to communicate  a narrative of significant events and historic sites, encouraging students to evaluate archaeological information and critically assess its value to our understanding of the past.

In Year 1, students examine the theory and practice of archaeology; historic and prehistoric periods; and the methods, theories and approaches that underpin archaeological discipline.

In Year 2, students may choose to focus their studies on a range of methodological topics, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods.

During Year 3, students may focus their studies on topics, periods or themes from Year 2 or broaden their studies to examine the archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Americas, Africa and Anatolia/the Near East. Students also carry out an independent piece of research, the dissertation, on a subject of their choice.

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester is a Registered Organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Students can become Affiliates of the CIfA. After graduation they can build up field experience to progress to full membership categories. As part of the course, there are opportunities for students to visit archaeological sites and get involved in departmental research, which also allows them to work in new laboratories and use a range of specialist surveying equipment.
Students undertake fieldwork throughout their course, and during Years 2 and 3 can attend two periods of summer excavation. Students are required to attend the summer training excavation for four weeks during the first summer vacation and should ensure that they have accommodation  available during late May and June.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Development of Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Archaeological Science
  • Introduction to Archaeological Resources
  • Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork
  • Introduction to Material Culture

Year 2

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Research Methods
  • Archaeological Theory

Students may choose from a range of optional modules from the list below:

  • Early Prehistoric Europe
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Roman Britain
  • The Early Roman Empire
  • Representation and Art in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Gender and the Life Cycle
  • The Archaeology of Conflict
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual
  • Late Roman and Early Medieval Europe
  • The Greek World
  • Geomatics and Remote Sensing
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Human Bioarchaeology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Theme Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • Archaeology Fieldtrip
  • Archaeology, Heritage and Society
  • Palaeoecology

Year 3

  • Dissertation

Students may choose from a range of optional modules from the list below:

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeological Project Management
  • Depth Study: The Celts
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Depth Study: The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Depth Study: Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Depth Study: Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Depth Study: Church Archaeology
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Depth Study: Byzantium and Beyond
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of North America 1492-1776
  • Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post Medieval Britain
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Comparative Study: Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • Archaeology of Buddhism

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Teaching team

Attendance regulations 

Students who fail to attend at least 25% of a taught module without agreed extenuating circumstances are not normally permitted to submit their work for a substantive grade.  

In addition, Fieldwork modules (AC2025; AC2042; AC3007) have the following specific regulations: Students must attend all days of the excavation. 5% will be deducted for each day missed up to a maximum of 3 days. Missing more than three days will result in automatic failure (without sufficient medical evidence). Missing more than 50% of the module will result in automatic failure irrespective of medical evidence because the learning outcomes cannot be met.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates from the programme are well equipped to enter the archaeological or heritage profession via a career in museums, heritage organisations, commercial archaeology or local authorities.

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At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


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Please note the combinations listed above are for 2016 entry only.

Combined Honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%) - it is possible to transfer to a Single Honours programme at the end of Year 1.

View the course entry requirements and UCAS codes for 2016 entry

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Key Information Sets for this course:

These are the Single Honours Key Information Sets for the combination programmes. Please note combined honours programmes enable you to study two subjects jointly (50% / 50%). Explore the courses pages further for information on the other subject.

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