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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

By combining the disciplines of Anthropology and Archaeology we can think about the nature of humanity from the perspectives of biology, culture and objects. Archaeology examines the physical evidence of past societies to trace the history of humanity. Ancient landscapes, buildings, objects and the physical remains of the people themselves can all reveal a small part of a bigger picture to create a jigsaw of understanding. Within Archaeology we take a journey through time — from the earliest human ancestors to modern times ‐ drawing from approaches within the humanities and the sciences to understand past cultures and their modern‐day heritage.

Anthropology both delves into the thinking and organisation of present‐day western and non‐western groups in their own terms and takes a long‐term view of the biological aspects of humanity through the lens of evolution. This course connects the humanities with the sciences.

You will have fieldwork opportunities in both Britain and abroad, which provide practical experiences of other cultures, as well as computer and laboratory based options. You can choose from a wide range of modules as you progress through the course which will steadily deepen your knowledge of particular geographical regions (ranging across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas) or themes (ranging from death, conflict, religion and art to the body).

Archaeology and Anthropology are brought together in your dissertation, or you may undertake a placement.

Careers

Graduates may enter the archaeological profession and work in heritage organisations, commercial archaeology and local authorities, or may work in areas more often related to anthropology, such as museums or business anthropology.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

You have the option to undertake a work placement in Year 3 instead of a dissertation. Fieldwork projects are being developed to work alongside existing archaeological projects.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad. For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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: 228 hours
Independent learning: 972 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Placement: 36 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

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.

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)*:

65% coursework
35% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

81% coursework
1% written exams
18% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

79% coursework
6% written exams
15% practical exams

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

Feedback

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.

Further information

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2020 Entry: 104-120 points
2021 Entry: 104-120 points

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Archaeology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of archaeology is based. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed or expected. The philosophical distinctiveness of the subject is outlined, and the various sub-divisions within archaeology (e.g. environmental archaeology, experimental archaeology) are examined. This leads on to an assessment of the methods of establishing chronological sequences in archaeology, and an overview of the methods to be examined in more detail in later modules. These thematic lectures are buttressed by the use of sessions looking at case studies of recent research projects within the Department in order to help draw together and assist understanding of the key themes. Parallel study skills sessions alongside this lecture series allow you to develop quickly the key skills needed in an HE environment.

Archaeology of the Historic Period 15

This module provides a brief conspectus of the historical period from the emergence of civilizations through to the present day. The world context is emphasised and the major developments in each period will be explored.  The module is illustrated throughout by case studies through which students can appreciate how ideas about these cultures have developed from the beginnings of antiquarian archaeology to the application of modern theory.  Key conceptual issues, such as exchange/trade, colonisation, political, religious and social developments, will be explained and discussed in relation to specific examples.

World Prehistory 15

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the development of written forms of communication. Therefore, although the module has a single chronological starting point (c 7.5 my BP), it has a variable end point depending upon the part of the world under discussion. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution and development, starting with the separation from the Honinidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans, and covering the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation. The significance of the independent invention of key developments (such as agriculture) in different parts of the world will be stressed. By these means, the student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, be able to better appreciate the 'time lines' of the prehistoric periods and will understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is a connected sub-set of that of both continental Europe and the world as a whole.

Introduction to Material Culture 15

Archaeologists deal with things. These things (material culture or artefacts) are a way of understanding the lives of the humans who made them. This course presents you with a detailed background to the main categories of material culture that you might encounter on any archaeological sites; these items include: stone tools, pottery, coins, metalwork etc. You will learn about the technology behind these artefacts, and crucially how things that we make do not just have a simple function, but also encode important symbolic information as well. By the end of this course you will look afresh at the way humans make and give meaning to even the most mundane and everyday items.

Introduction to Social Anthropology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of social, or cultural, anthropology is based. No prior knowledge of the subject is assumed or expected. The philosophical distinctiveness of the subject in relation to other disciplines is outlined, and the location within anthropology of social anthropology is examined. This leads on to an assessment of the different approaches to social anthropology (e.g. ethnography, historical anthropology, material culture studies) and how they differ. These thematic lectures are buttressed by the use of sessions looking at case studies of the different approaches, especially ethnographies. These are located within comparative and critical anthropological traditions. Parallel study skills sessions alongside this lecture series allow you to develop quickly the key skills needed in an HE environment.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology 15

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which biological anthropology is based. A background in science is not assumed or required.  The module provides an overview of human adaptation to different environmental and other stresses, covering human nutritional requirements, epidemiology and the evolution of infectious diseases relevant to the study of human ecology.  We will also explore primates and primate behaviour, elementary genetics, human reproduction and sexuality, demography, human growth and development, and changing perceptions of race and its validity as a concept. Students will develop skills in synthesising information from a range of sources and learn to critically evaluate various hypotheses about human behaviour and culture.

Introduction to Primate and Human Evolution 15

The module provides an introduction to the biological evidence for primate and human evolution, as well as to the ways in which this evidence has been analysed and interpreted.  The anatomy of various primate and hominid species is considered from the perspective of reconstructing both primate and human evolutionary history and the evolution of primate and human behaviour.  We will examine key fossil discoveries with reference to reconstructions of the environment and the archaeological record.  We will thereby produce a synthesis of primate and evolution and human origins, which covers the period from the Eocene to Homo sapiens, and considers fossil evidence from the African Rift Valley to Europe and Asia and species from Adapidae to Homo, providing anatomical and evolutionary background to the emergence of a tool-using hominid species.

Themes in Social Anthropology 15

This module will introduce students to several key themes within social anthropology, which have been the subject of debate for decades.  In each case the boundaries of the debate will be established and the key readings (especially ethnographies) considered, and the relationship of these debates to other disciplines.  They will then be considered in a group discussion.  Themes will be drawn from a broad list of possible topics.  These include: kinship; gender, material culture and technology, globalisation, landscape and environment, ‘anthropology at home’, belief, magic and ritual, culture, or politics.  The emphasis will be on contestation and recent ethnography.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Excavation 15
Thinking Through Theory 15

All humanities subjects are grounded in theory. These bodies of theory may or may not be explicitly stated, but you use them, whether you are aware of them or not. It is easiest to think of theory as the set of tools that you can use to ‘fix’ or understand a problem. This module considers contemporary theory in archaeology, social anthropology and biological anthropology, drawing on areas of social and cultural theory that have been relevant to archaeologists and anthropologists. You will be encouraged to read and discuss a range of key historical texts and case studies will be used to demonstrate how the theories have been applied in recent archaeological or anthropological research. In this way, you will be able to understand the appropriateness of theories which may be relevant to your research interests and to gain a wider appreciation of how we think through problems and issues.

Using Theory and Method 15

This module encourages you to apply theoretical and methodological approaches in archaeology and anthropology to your own research design. The module will refer to key theoretical approaches, and will introduce key methods for archaeological and anthropological research. You will explore a range of sources of information, and a variety of methods for gathering data in both archaeological and anthropological research. You will also examine in depth how independent research is designed and carried out, including the process of research design, ethical considerations, methodological choices, data gathering, data analysis and writing. By the end of the module you should have a sound understanding of how archaeological and anthropological research is designed and carried out in order to apply this to your own research.

Optional Modules
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Early Prehistoric Europe
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Roman Britain
  • The early Roman empire
  • 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
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World
  • The archaeology of death and burial
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture
  • American Modernity
  • Biology and Society
  • Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture
  • Community Volunteering Placement
  • Global environmental change
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • Southern Cultures
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Hinduism and Modernity
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • New and Alternative Religions
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • Disability and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies

Optional Credits

Excavation 15
Thinking Through Theory 15

All humanities subjects are grounded in theory. These bodies of theory may or may not be explicitly stated, but you use them, whether you are aware of them or not. It is easiest to think of theory as the set of tools that you can use to ‘fix’ or understand a problem. This module considers contemporary theory in archaeology, social anthropology and biological anthropology, drawing on areas of social and cultural theory that have been relevant to archaeologists and anthropologists. You will be encouraged to read and discuss a range of key historical texts and case studies will be used to demonstrate how the theories have been applied in recent archaeological or anthropological research. In this way, you will be able to understand the appropriateness of theories which may be relevant to your research interests and to gain a wider appreciation of how we think through problems and issues.

Using Theory and Method 15

This module encourages you to apply theoretical and methodological approaches in archaeology and anthropology to your own research design. The module will refer to key theoretical approaches, and will introduce key methods for archaeological and anthropological research. You will explore a range of sources of information, and a variety of methods for gathering data in both archaeological and anthropological research. You will also examine in depth how independent research is designed and carried out, including the process of research design, ethical considerations, methodological choices, data gathering, data analysis and writing. By the end of the module you should have a sound understanding of how archaeological and anthropological research is designed and carried out in order to apply this to your own research.

Optional Modules
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Early Prehistoric Europe
  • Later Prehistoric Europe
  • Roman Britain
  • The early Roman empire
  • 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
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World
  • The archaeology of death and burial
  • Archaeology and Popular Culture
  • American Modernity
  • Biology and Society
  • Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture
  • Community Volunteering Placement
  • Global environmental change
  • Political and Religious Themes in the Modern Near and Middle East
  • Southern Cultures
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Hinduism and Modernity
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • New and Alternative Religions
  • Religion in Contemporary Britain
  • Disability and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Migration
  • Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary Society
  • Understanding Urban and Rural Societies

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation or Placement 30
Communicating Anthropology
Specialism in Social Anthropology or Biological Anthropology 15
Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork
  • Representing the environment
  • Geographies of Inequality
  • Geographies of Global Migration and Development
  • Politics, Energy & the Environment
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: A political, historical, and cultural investigation
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In) Security
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Hinduism and Modernity
  • Specialism in Religion
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • New and Alternative Religions
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Depth Study: The Celts
  • Depth Study: Central southern England in the Roman period
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Greek art and architecture
  • Roman art and architecture
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Caribbean peoples and cultures
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Intangible Heritage
  • African America

Optional Credits

Dissertation or Placement 30
Communicating Anthropology
Specialism in Social Anthropology or Biological Anthropology 15
Optional Modules
  • Fieldwork
  • Representing the environment
  • Geographies of Inequality
  • Geographies of Global Migration and Development
  • Politics, Energy & the Environment
  • Sexual Violence and Politics: A political, historical, and cultural investigation
  • Global South: Politics, Inequality and (In) Security
  • Judaism in the Contemporary World
  • Religion, Ritual and Society
  • Indigenous Religions
  • Hinduism and Modernity
  • Specialism in Religion
  • Aspects of Islam
  • Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations
  • New and Alternative Religions
  • Gender and Sexualities
  • Depth Study: The Celts
  • Depth Study: Central southern England in the Roman period
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • Greek art and architecture
  • Roman art and architecture
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Africa
  • The Archaeology of Italy
  • Caribbean peoples and cultures
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • Battlefield Archaeology
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Intangible Heritage
  • African America

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

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. 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.

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International 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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. 

Mandatory

Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
L6V4
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester