BSc (Hons) Archaeology

BSc Archaeology at Winchester is designed for students who wish to study the archaeological application of biological, physical and earth science techniques. The degree combines an exploration of relevant scientific methodologies and approaches, with an examination of their use in resolving archaeological problems.

BSc (Hons) Archaeology at University of Winchester

UCAS code: V402

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

2018 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.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: Geography, Environmental Science, Geology, Maths, Science or a related subject. 

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

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

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

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** 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 £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800**

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Govenors.

For further details and part-time costs, click here

Additional costs: 


  • Excavation: Students are required to undertake four weeks compulsory fieldwork which takes place over the summer after Year 1, with a further four weeks' compulsory fieldwork in the summer after Year 2 (or the summer following completion of the professional placement in Year 3). Students opt to do the fieldwork at one of the Department's research/ training projects. Local projects have no direct costs for student participants, but students may need to pay for their travel. Students who opt to join non-local projects 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 trips: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study. Cost £150.

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):



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.There are UK fieldwork opportunities throughout the year and 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 (

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.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 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.

Year 1 examines the theory and practice of archaeology; historic and prehistoric periods; and the methods, theories and approaches that underpin archaeological science.

Year 2 introduces the scientific skills commonly used in archaeology. There are core modules in Geographic Information Systems, Global Environmental Change and archaeological fieldwork. Students may focus their studies on biological, geological and/or physical science topics, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods.

During Year 3, students may focus 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 a piece of applied scientific research, normally using original laboratory and/or field data.

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.

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

Core modules:

  • 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

Core modules:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Archaeological/Geographical Science Project
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Global Environmental Change

Optional modules:

  • 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
  • Geomorphological Science
  • The Archaeology of Hampshire
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Community Volunteering Placement

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeological Project Management
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Monasticism
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • 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
  • Representing the Environment
  • Archaeology Science
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology

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

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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.

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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 proceed directly into a career in professional archaeology, for example with an archaeological trust or unit. Others enter careers within applied science, for example environmental management, geomatics and remote sensing.

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

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