BA (Hons) History and Archaeology

History and Archaeology at Winchester takes a wide view of the study of different periods and cultures, from the earliest humans to the industrial and post-industrial age. It samples the past from Britain, eastern and western Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas and Japan exploring different cultures, wars and traditions.

BA (Hons) History and Archaeology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: FV41

Entry Requirements

Typical offer: 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics, Politics, or English

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional costs: 


  • Excavation: Students are required to undertake two weeks compulsory fieldwork, which takes place over the summer after Year 1. 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.


  • Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study. Cost £150. 
  • Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long History field trip in their second year of study. Costs will vary depending on location - £300 - £700. 
  • Placement: Students will have the option to undertake a History Volunteering Placement in their second year of study. This will normally consist of 12 visits, and additional costs for travel will need to be covered by the student. Cost £0 - £300. 

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


Field work: Students are required to attend a two week period of archaeological fieldwork during the first summer vacation, which can be on any of the department's projects. In recent years these have included local/regional projects in Hampshire and the South West, as well as international research projects in Barbados, Georgia, Belgium, Germany and Greece. Combined Honours students are able to undertake a Volunteering placement module in Year 2, and may, if they wish, opt to study the History Field Trip module, which provides the opportunity to visit a location outside the UK for a short period of intensive study. Both placements and field trips are optional.


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

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

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.

KIS data

Please view the Single Honours BA Archaeology and BA History pages for KIS data.

Terms and Conditions 

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

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The course encourages students to critically evaluate historical sources and archaeological information and assess their value to our understanding of the past.

In Year 1, students examine the theory and practice of archaeology; the archaeology of the historic and prehistoric periods; the methods and nature of history as a discipline; and gain an introduction to a variety of historical periods and cultures. In Year 2, students may choose to focus their studies on a range of historical themes or societies, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods. They develop an understanding of research skills and knowledge to prepare for undertaking research in Year 3.

During Year 3, students may focus their studies on topics, periods or themes from Years 1 and 2 or broaden their studies to examine the archaeology/history of the Mediterranean, the Americas, Africa or the Near East. In this phase of learning, topics are covered more intensively (students with a focus on History typically work in one area through a year-long Depth Study). Students also carry out an independent piece of research on a subject of their choice in either Archaeology or History.

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.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Case Studies 1: Sources & Approaches in History
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Case Studies II: Independent Study Project
  • Archaeology of the Historic Period
  • World Prehistory
  • Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

Students may choose two History (Introductory Study) modules from the list below: 

  • Early Medieval Britain 400-1066
  • The United Kingdom in the 20th Century
  • The United States
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1300-1500
  • English History 1272-1500
  • British History 1660-1832
  • Twentieth Century Europe
  • Victorian Britain 1815-1914
  • East Asia 1900-present
  • The Classical World 500-31BC
  • Roman Britain
  • The Roman Empire
  • Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660
  • Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 - 1997
  • Classical Worlds II: Barbarians, Byzantines, and Beyond (400-1050CE)
  • Europe And The Americas (1763-1914)
  • Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Reading History
  • Excavation
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Practising History

  • Research Methods (If Dissertation/Extended Independent Study is in Archaeology)

Students must choose two optional modules from a choice of:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • 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
  • Research Methods
  • Palaeoecology

Students must choose one Theme Study module from a choice of:

  • Age of Discovery
  • American Slavery
  • Early Medieval Kingship
  • Women in History
  • Soviet Communism
  • Reactions to Poverty
  • The Normans and their Worlds
  • The Crusades
  • The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700
  • 'Subordinate Independence': Japan's Relationship with the US 1945-present
  • Medieval Movies: Cinematic Depictions of the Middle Ages
  • Exploring Past Localities
  • The History of Rock and Roll
  • Sport and Athletics in the Ancient World
  • Genocide: Mass Violence and the Making and Breaking of Empire
  • The Age of the Vikings
  • The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage
  • Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914
  • Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England
  • Anti-Imperialism
  • Societies at War - England and France, 1189-1529
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England
  • The Roman Household
  • Classical World on Film
  • Neoplatonism  from Classical World to the Renaissance
  • The Atlantic  World, C.1700-1850
  • War As A Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries)
  • History's Eye - Photography And Conflict, Ethnography And Society
  • The Reign of King John
  • Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe

Students must choose one Civilisation Study module from a choice of:

  • France in the Age of Louis XIV
  • The American South 1865-1970
  • The Carolingian Renaissance
  • Late Medieval Civilisation
  • The Third Reich
  • Victorian Culture and Society
  • Imperial Japan
  • From Austerity to Affluence: Post-war Britain
  • The Golden Age of Spain
  • Culture and Society in the Early Roman Empire 27BC- AD180
  • Edwardian Britain
  • Church and State in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens
  • Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485- 1558
  • English Monasticism
  • La Serenissima: Renaissance Venice 1450-1650
  • Georgian England
  • The Byzantine Empire, 1025-1204
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857- 1947
  • The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s)
  • From Slavery To Freedom: The Caribbean 1763-1838
  • Byzantium In The Age Of Justinian And Theodora (527- 565CE)
  • England And Normandy In The Long Twelfth Century

Volunteering Placement/Field Trip option is available instead of the Theme Study or Civilisation Study

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation in Archaeology or History
  • Writing History
  • Research Methods (if taking Dissertation in History)

One Comparative Study module (if Dissertation is in Archaeology) from a choice of:

  • Supernatural and Witchcraft  Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental  Europe and America c.1450-1800
  • Chivalry
  • Minorities in the Past
  • Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947
  • Antiquity Revived
  • War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany
  • Bystanders: Local, National and International Responses to Genocide in the 20th Century 
  • Religion and Society in Northern Europe in the Early Middle Ages
  • Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe
  • Conflict in England, France and Spain
  • War and Peace in the Medieval West
  • Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre
  • Greek and Roman Religion
  • The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority  in Early Modern Europe
  • Nation Making in Early Modern Europe
  • Health, Disease and Society in Britain and Europe 1500-1800
  • Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe
  • Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel
  • Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires
  • Borderlands And Commodities In History
  • Slavery
  • Medieval Travellers (10th-14th Centuries)
  • The Black Death In Europe
  • Reception of the Classical World: Art and Architecture

Depth Study paired module from a choice of:

  • America 1919-1941
  • The Hundred Years' War 1337-1453
  • Alfred the Great
  • The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499
  • Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles
  • The French Revolution 1786-1795
  • The United States and the Cold War 1945-63
  • Japan in War and Occupation 1937-52
  • The Home Front: Britain 1939-1945
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Interwar Britain
  • The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598
  • The Pax Romana
  • The Italian Wars 1494- 1516 and 1521-1559
  • Iberia in the Reign of Isabel and Ferdinand 1469-1492 and 1492-1516
  • The Henrician& Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation
  • Life in Early Modern London
  • The French in North Africa: The Maghreb, 1830-1914 and North Africa and France: The Maghreb, 1914-present
  • Genocide in History and Memory I and II
  • The Carolingians: Charlemagne & Louis the Pious
  • The Ancient Greeks: War and Honour I & II
  • 'The Flag That Sets Us Free'? Britain, Empire and Anti-Slavery, 1787-1838 and 1838-1956
  • The Age of Speed: Time, Travel and the Media I (18th-19thc.) and II (19th-20thc)
  • Urban Life in Medieval Italy, 500-950CE and 950-1200CE
  • Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures
  • The Medieval Life Cycle: Youth and Age
  • The Celts
  • The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • The Archaeology of Buildings
  • The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Church Archaeology; Greek Art and Architecture; Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantium and Beyond
  • The Archaeology of Africa; Climate Change and People
  • The Archaeology of North America 1492-1776

Other optional modules include:

  • Archaeological Project Management in Post-medieval Britain
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • Archaeology of Buddhism

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 226 hours
  • Independent learning: 974 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 262 hours
  • Independent learning: 928 hours
  • Placement: 10 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 248 hours
  • Independent learning: 952 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Teaching team

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 69 per cent coursework
  • 28 per cent written exams
  • 4 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 71 per cent coursework
  • 10 per cent written exams
  • 19 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 47 per cent coursework
  • 33 per cent written exams
  • 20 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.


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 have entered careers in teaching, archives, field archaeology or museums.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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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