BA (Hons)

History and Archaeology

FV41

Do you want to dig deeper into the past to gain new ground-breaking insights? On this fascinating hands-on degree you combine the study of both historical documents and archaeological remains in a quest for missing pieces of the historical canvas.

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Course overview

Our committed team of expert historians and archaeologists are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of past cultures and traditions. They will help you to mine the past seeking answers to pressing questions from the prehistoric to the modern period in Britain, mainland Europe, and beyond.

This dynamic, multi-disciplinary course encourages you to critically evaluate historical sources and archaeological information and assess their value to our understanding of the past.

In Year 1, you examine the theory and practice of archaeology, including an introduction to fieldwork. You study the archaeology of the historic and prehistoric periods; the methods and nature of history as a discipline in small groups, and gain an insight into a variety of historical periods and cultures. You will visit historical and archaeological sites and museums as part of your modules.

‘Building on the firm foundation laid in the first year, in Year 2, you may choose to focus your studies on a range of historical themes or societies, while also studying the archaeology of one or more European archaeological periods. You develop an understanding of research skills, theoretical approaches, and knowledge in preparation for Year 3. Year 2 periods covered may include late prehistoric Europe, the Greek world, Roman to Medieval Britain, classical Rome, the Vikings, Muslim Iberia, the Hundred Years War, the golden age of Spain, the Victorians, and the Nazis; themes may include the anthropology and archaeology of death, the archaeology of religion, the Crusades, or slavery; technical modules include human bioarchaeology; there are also fieldtrip modules in both history and archaeology.

In Year 3, you will undertake a dissertation which may include both archaeological and historical evidence. Public Archaeology and Careers is concerned with the wider role of heritage and archaeology in the world and how graduates fit in to it. In Puzzling the Past you will consider archaeological debates. Other Year 3 modules may include the Celts, gladiators and the Roman games, Alfred the Great, the English Civil War, battlefield archaeology, Minoans and Mycenaeans, the USA, and Japan. Comparative studies may cover topics such as witchcraft, chivalry, computer games, medieval warfare, communism, war crimes and the classical world on film.

As part of the course, there are opportunities for you to visit archaeological sites and get involved in departmental research, which allows you to work in new laboratories and use a range of specialist surveying equipment.

You 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 projects in Hampshire and the South West, as well as international research projects in Barbados, Georgia, Belgium, Germany and Greece.

It is the complementary, yet different, nature of these disciplines that makes this degree so challenging and exciting. It gives you excellent research, analysis and creative presentation skills and demonstrates that you can work collaboratively.

What you need to know

Course start date

September

Location

On campus

Course length

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time

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Typical offer

96-112 points

Fees

From £9,250 pa

Course features

  • Choose from a wide range of themes and periods.
  • Develop deep theoretical and cultural knowledge sought after by employers in many industries.
  • Combine historical and archaeological evidence in your studies to achieve a broad and fulfilling view of the past.
  • Explore the rich archaeological and historical heritage of Wessex

Course details

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 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: 216 hours
  • Independent learning: 984 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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.

Assessments

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)*:
  • 56% coursework
  • 38% written exams
  • 6% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 70% coursework
  • 18% written exams
  • 12% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 49% coursework
  • 39% written exams
  • 12% 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.

Modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Modules

Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History

This module introduces students to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where students work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. This intensive small group environment will help students adjust to the university environment and provide a venue for delivering other transitional and transferrable skills.

Case Studies II: Independent Study Project

This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing students’ skills as independent researchers, and giving students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups and topic as they did in Sources & Approaches, students undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as students combine their individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. As this module concentrates upon developing skills there is an emphasis on training for future employment. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities in semester 2 and to report their activities in a reflective journal.

Introduction to Archaeology

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of archaeology is based and explores a history of the development of the discipline. 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.

World Prehistory

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the writing. 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 discussed. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution, starting with the separation of the Hominidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), then the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans. It then examines the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation, and the significance of their independent invention in different parts of the world. The student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, and understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is connected to both continental Europe and the wider world.

The Archaeology of the Historic Period

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.

Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

This module introduces the different fieldwork techniques available to archaeologists and explores how these techniques are employed during different stages of archaeological fieldwork. The module teaches students how each technique works and provides introductory training on the main equipment used in archaeology. The module explores the current planning process in British commercial archaeology and covers all stages of the process, from desk-based assessments to excavations and archiving. Finally, the module equips students with knowledge on how to prepare for a safe and successful fieldwork project.

Optional Modules

Students will choose one introductory module listed below:

  • British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: The United States - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia 1900-present - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 – 1997 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Britain in the Twentieth Century - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400-c.888) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middles Ages (c.888-1200) - 15 Credits

Optional

Case Studies I: Sources and Approaches in History

This module introduces students to the core skills required to study history successfully at degree level. History makes sense of the past by analysing surviving evidence. Such evidence is either secondary, which requires in-depth critical reading, or primary or original, which demands critical contextualisation and analysis. All such evidence has uses to the historian, not necessarily obvious, and all contains partiality, which historians are trained to overcome. Working in small groups with one staff member per group, there will be a balance between developing awareness of these overarching core skills (such as conducting research and mastering referencing conventions) and a case study where students work on academic reading connected to a particular topic. This intensive small group environment will help students adjust to the university environment and provide a venue for delivering other transitional and transferrable skills.

Case Studies II: Independent Study Project

This module builds upon Sources & Approaches in History, further developing students’ skills as independent researchers, and giving students an opportunity to do research of a critical nature, using both primary and secondary sources. Continuing to work in the same Case Study groups and topic as they did in Sources & Approaches, students undertake an individual research project, on a topic negotiated with a tutor. In addition, there will be an element of group work as students combine their individual findings, presenting on a subtopic of the module’s overarching theme. As this module concentrates upon developing skills there is an emphasis on training for future employment. Students will be expected to engage with careers service activities in semester 2 and to report their activities in a reflective journal.

Introduction to Archaeology

This module forms an introduction to the principles and methods upon which the study of archaeology is based and explores a history of the development of the discipline. 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.

World Prehistory

This module provides an introduction to the development of humans from hominid origins to the writing. 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 discussed. The module addresses the main stages of human evolution, starting with the separation of the Hominidae (the human family) from the Pongidae (the apes), then the transition from Australopithecines to Homo and eventually to modern humans. It then examines the origins and development of crucial human processes such as technology, social systems, art, farming and urbanisation, and the significance of their independent invention in different parts of the world. The student will gain a greater awareness of the main sequences of human development on a world scale, and understand how the prehistory of the British Isles is connected to both continental Europe and the wider world.

The Archaeology of the Historic Period

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.

Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork

This module introduces the different fieldwork techniques available to archaeologists and explores how these techniques are employed during different stages of archaeological fieldwork. The module teaches students how each technique works and provides introductory training on the main equipment used in archaeology. The module explores the current planning process in British commercial archaeology and covers all stages of the process, from desk-based assessments to excavations and archiving. Finally, the module equips students with knowledge on how to prepare for a safe and successful fieldwork project.

Optional Modules

Students will choose one introductory module listed below:

  • British Introductory Module: Early Medieval Britain 400-1066 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: The United States - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Early Modern Europe - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe 1300-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: English History 1272-1500 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Victorian Britain 1815-1914 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: East Asia 1900-present - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Tudor and Early Stuart England 1500-1660 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Rise and Fall of Modern Empires, 1783 – 1997 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Uniting The Kingdom? Britain, 1660-1837 - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Modern Europe, 1789-2001 - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Seventeenth century England - 15 Credits
  • British Introductory Module: Britain in the Twentieth Century - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe and The Americas (1763-1914) - change and interchange - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Early Middle Ages (c.400-c.888) - 15 Credits
  • International Introductory Module: Europe in the Central Middles Ages (c.888-1200) - 15 Credits

Modules

History in Practice I

History in Practice I introduces students to some of the most influential and significant developments that have shaped the ways in which historians think and write about the past. It examines the changing meaning and construction of history from Herodotus to the twenty-first century, as well as how recent theoretical developments – such as post-modernity, gender studies, and post-colonialism – have challenged our understandings of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise, encouraging them to draw on the content of their other second-year modules. In this, students will consider their own identity as a historian, and how this will inform their work through the rest of their degree.

Excavation

The module comprises two weeks of archaeological fieldwork on a University of Winchester site during the summer vacation. During the project the students are taught essential applied techniques and are introduced to the range of aspects involved in any archaeological project, including basic recording and initial post excavation work. Students will also learn how field projects are organised and the procedure by which they take place. They will also be instructed in site procedures including the observation of health and safety regulations and safe working practices

Thinking Through Theory

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.

Optional Modules
  • Applied Technique: Geographic Information Systems – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Early Prehistoric Europe – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Later Prehistoric Europe – 15 Credits
  • Excavation and Post-Excavation Techniques – 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: The Greek World – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Geomatics and Remote Sensing – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Geoarchaeology – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Human Bioarchaeology – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Medieval Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Death and Burial – 15 Credits
  • Archaeology Fieldtrip – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Palaeoecology – 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteering Placement – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman and Medieval Britain - 15 Credits

Students must chose two Option A modules from a choice of:

  • Option A: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The World of Alexander the Great – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 BC – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B.C. – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Carolingian Renaissance – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Vikings and the Frankish World – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  The Investiture Contest – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: English Monasticism  – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350   – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Reign of King John – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Late Medieval England – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Golden Age of Spain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Political Medievalisms – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Life in Early Modern London – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) – 15 Credits
  • Option A: War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries) – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Enlightened Absolutism in East-Central Europe, 1740-1790 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Victorian Culture and Society – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Imperial Japan  – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The American South 1865-1970 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Edwardian Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Nazism and the Holocaust – 15 Credits
  • Option A: From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Kinks: English Culture and Identity from the Post-War through to the 21st Century – 15 Credits

Students must choose one Option B module from a choice of:

  • Option B: The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sport and Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Classical World on Film – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Age of the Vikings – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Post-Carolingian Rulership – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Crusades – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Textiles in the Medieval World – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England   – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Exploring Past Localities – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Age of Discovery – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries) – 15 Credits
  • Option B: American Slavery – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Reactions to Poverty – 15 Credits
  • Option B: History’s Eye – Photography and Society – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sisterhood – Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Soviet Communism – 15 Credits
  • Option B: ‘Subordinate Independence’: Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945-present – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Stalinism – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The History of Rock and Roll – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Climate, Culture and Catastrophe in the Modern World: The Making of the Anthropocene – 15 Credits

Volunteering, Placement and Field Trip options are available in place of one Option A module

Optional

History in Practice I

History in Practice I introduces students to some of the most influential and significant developments that have shaped the ways in which historians think and write about the past. It examines the changing meaning and construction of history from Herodotus to the twenty-first century, as well as how recent theoretical developments – such as post-modernity, gender studies, and post-colonialism – have challenged our understandings of the Ancient, Medieval and Modern periods. It provides students with an opportunity to think reflexively about the nature of the historical enterprise, encouraging them to draw on the content of their other second-year modules. In this, students will consider their own identity as a historian, and how this will inform their work through the rest of their degree.

Excavation

The module comprises two weeks of archaeological fieldwork on a University of Winchester site during the summer vacation. During the project the students are taught essential applied techniques and are introduced to the range of aspects involved in any archaeological project, including basic recording and initial post excavation work. Students will also learn how field projects are organised and the procedure by which they take place. They will also be instructed in site procedures including the observation of health and safety regulations and safe working practices

Thinking Through Theory

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.

Optional Modules
  • Applied Technique: Geographic Information Systems – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Early Prehistoric Europe – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Later Prehistoric Europe – 15 Credits
  • Excavation and Post-Excavation Techniques – 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Religion and Ritual – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: The Greek World – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Geomatics and Remote Sensing – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Geoarchaeology – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Human Bioarchaeology – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Exploiting the Greek and Roman Natural World – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: Medieval Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Theme Study: The Archaeology of Death and Burial – 15 Credits
  • Archaeology Fieldtrip – 15 Credits
  • Applied Technique: Palaeoecology – 15 Credits
  • Community Volunteering Placement – 15 Credits
  • Period Study: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman and Medieval Britain - 15 Credits

Students must chose two Option A modules from a choice of:

  • Option A: Culture and Society in 5th Century Athens – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The World of Alexander the Great – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Greco-Roman Egypt 331-31 BC – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Republican Rome 506-44 B.C. – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Carolingian Renaissance – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Vikings and the Frankish World – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  The Investiture Contest – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  Norman Sicily, ca 1000-1197 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: English Monasticism  – 15 Credits
  • Option A:  The First English Empire: c. 1100 to c. 1350   – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Reign of King John – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Culture and Society in Late Medieval England – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Golden Age of Spain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Political Medievalisms – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Religion, Politics & Society in Early Tudor England, 1485-1558 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Life in Early Modern London – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Global Hispanic World (1760s-1960s) – 15 Credits
  • Option A: War as a Life Experience (18th-20th Centuries) – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Enlightened Absolutism in East-Central Europe, 1740-1790 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Victorian Culture and Society – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Imperial Japan  – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The British Raj, from the 'Indian Mutiny' to Gandhi - 1857-1947 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The American South 1865-1970 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Edwardian Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Revolutionary Russia, 1900-1924 – 15 Credits
  • Option A: Nazism and the Holocaust – 15 Credits
  • Option A: From Austerity to Affluence: Everyday Life in Post-war Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option A: The Kinks: English Culture and Identity from the Post-War through to the 21st Century – 15 Credits

Students must choose one Option B module from a choice of:

  • Option B: The Symposium: Ancient Greek Drinking Culture – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sport and Leisure in Classical Greece and Rome – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Classical World on Film – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Age of the Vikings – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Post-Carolingian Rulership – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Crusades – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Societies at War – England and France, 1189-1529 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Textiles in the Medieval World – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Food and Drink in Medieval and Early Modern England – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Urban History of Europe from the Black Death to the Industrial Revolution c.1350-1700 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Renaissance Court: Power. Politics and Patronage – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Gender in Europe and North America, c. 1500-1914 – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Culture, Society and Economy in Early Modern England   – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Exploring Past Localities – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Age of Discovery – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The Rise of the High Speed Society (18th-20th centuries) – 15 Credits
  • Option B: American Slavery – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Reactions to Poverty – 15 Credits
  • Option B: History’s Eye – Photography and Society – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Sisterhood – Before and After: Feminism in Twentieth Century Britain – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Political Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Soviet Communism – 15 Credits
  • Option B: ‘Subordinate Independence’: Japan’s Relationship with the US 1945-present – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Stalinism – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Dreams and Nightmares: Britain in 20th Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Option B: The History of Rock and Roll – 15 Credits
  • Option B: Climate, Culture and Catastrophe in the Modern World: The Making of the Anthropocene – 15 Credits

Volunteering, Placement and Field Trip options are available in place of one Option A module

Modules

Dissertation in History OR Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

Dissertation in History

The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s own devising with advice and supervision from an appropriate history tutor. Through their dissertation, students will make an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding, in that it will be drawn from their own engagement with primary sources and interpretation and analysis of existing secondary literature. Building on all previous undergraduate study, students will employ the conventions of a historian whilst developing a range of transferable skills in project planning, management, and delivery, creativity, problem-solving and critical analysis.

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

This double module is a c. 10,000 word dissertation in archaeology for students studying on any of the Archaeology programmes (except BA Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies). It enables students to apply their knowledge of archaeological theory and practice, in order to produce a piece of independent research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought. The dissertation content/subject matter should reflect their chosen Archaeology pathway. This is an Extended Independent Study module.

Public Archaeology and Careers

This module partially integrates two themes: the means and approaches by which the cultural past is considered at different political levels and the career (or further study) that a student will follow once they have graduated. The first part of the module considers global organisation and protection of cultural heritage, i.e. through UNESCO, while considering a number of case studies where such an approach has been successful and unsuccessful. Cultural heritage law and practice are then considered in a number on non-UK jurisdictions (e.g. USA, France and Germany), to provide an indication of varied practice. Focus is thereafter on the UK, and detailed coverage is given to UK cultural heritage law (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Treasure Act 1996) and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework 2012 revised 2019), before attention is turned to the parties who implement the system (‘curators’ in planning authorities, planning consultants, commercial archaeological units and museums). Evaluating the latter also provides the opportunity to introduce students to careers in the cultural resource management ‘industry’ and further study that would enhance such career possibilities. The careers theme is continued in the second part of the module in which students reflect on the knowledge and skills they have obtained (qualification and memberships too in the case of some students), their aspirations and thus career and further study options. Attention is then turned to applying for jobs and courses of further study, by considering best practice in completing application forms, writing cover ‘letters’ and curricula vitae.

Puzzling the Past

This module, together with the final year project, is the culmination of the Archaeology degree. It provides students the opportunity to consider the multiplicity of archaeological interpretation on the basis of differing lines of evidence and varied approaches of study. Therefore 3-5 archaeological controversies are discussed with the aim of examining how data can be interpreted in various ways, each one of which might be equally valid. Case studies will depend upon staff availability but might include the ‘Younger Fill’/human landscape degradation debate on the interpretation of Late Holocene sediments in the Mediterranean; diffusion models to explain the change from Mesolithic to Neolithic society in Europe; chronologies of colonisation (of for example the Americas and Australia, and of Europe by early forms of Homo and Homo sapiens); origins, causes and effects of diseases in the archaeological and historical record and dating the eruption of Thera and the end of the Minoan civilisation and mid-Holocene vegetation change.

Writing History

In this module, students will explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. The delivery of content through small seminar groups and workshops will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research. Students will be encouraged to think beyond their dissertation project to the skills and applications of undergraduate study and training. Writing History will offer the support and guidance needed to plan and execute an independent research project whilst signposting how these skills contribute towards a competitive employment profile.

Optional Modules

Other optional modules include:

  • Archaeological Project Management – 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Public Archaeology and Careers - 15 Credits
  • Puzzling the Past - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits

Depth Study paired module from a choice of:

  • Depth Study: The Celts – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Central southern England in the Roman period – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Italy 800 BC – AD 500 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Caribbean Peoples and Cultures – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Archaeology of Buddhism – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Medieval Religion and Belief – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Battlefield Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Maritime Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Greek Bronze Age – 15 Credits
  • Computational Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-1945 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Pax Romana: From the Julio-Claudians to the Severans, AD 14-235 - 15 credits
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I and II – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms) – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162   – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250). – 15 Credits
  • The Age of Napoleon in Global Perspective -  I and II – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I & II: The Discovery of Nature and The Crisis of Nature – 15 Credits
  • The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979 Part 1 and Part 2 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The USSR after Stalin, 1953-1964 and 1964-1985 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Black Death Parts 1 and 2 -15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Maghreb, Colonialism and Its Aftermath in North Africa and France, Part I 1827-1914 and Part II 1914-Present - 15 Credits

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

  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800 – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947 – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities In History – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Apocalypse Then and Now! Disasters in World History – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The ‘Swinging’ Sixties – 15 Credits

Optional

Dissertation in History OR Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

Dissertation in History

The Dissertation (Extended Independent Study) is an 8,000 -10,000 thesis on a subject of a student’s own devising with advice and supervision from an appropriate history tutor. Through their dissertation, students will make an original contribution to historical knowledge and understanding, in that it will be drawn from their own engagement with primary sources and interpretation and analysis of existing secondary literature. Building on all previous undergraduate study, students will employ the conventions of a historian whilst developing a range of transferable skills in project planning, management, and delivery, creativity, problem-solving and critical analysis.

Extended Independent Study in Archaeology

This double module is a c. 10,000 word dissertation in archaeology for students studying on any of the Archaeology programmes (except BA Ancient, Classical and Medieval Studies). It enables students to apply their knowledge of archaeological theory and practice, in order to produce a piece of independent research which shows clarity of expression, logical argument and creative thought. The dissertation content/subject matter should reflect their chosen Archaeology pathway. This is an Extended Independent Study module.

Public Archaeology and Careers

This module partially integrates two themes: the means and approaches by which the cultural past is considered at different political levels and the career (or further study) that a student will follow once they have graduated. The first part of the module considers global organisation and protection of cultural heritage, i.e. through UNESCO, while considering a number of case studies where such an approach has been successful and unsuccessful. Cultural heritage law and practice are then considered in a number on non-UK jurisdictions (e.g. USA, France and Germany), to provide an indication of varied practice. Focus is thereafter on the UK, and detailed coverage is given to UK cultural heritage law (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Treasure Act 1996) and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework 2012 revised 2019), before attention is turned to the parties who implement the system (‘curators’ in planning authorities, planning consultants, commercial archaeological units and museums). Evaluating the latter also provides the opportunity to introduce students to careers in the cultural resource management ‘industry’ and further study that would enhance such career possibilities. The careers theme is continued in the second part of the module in which students reflect on the knowledge and skills they have obtained (qualification and memberships too in the case of some students), their aspirations and thus career and further study options. Attention is then turned to applying for jobs and courses of further study, by considering best practice in completing application forms, writing cover ‘letters’ and curricula vitae.

Puzzling the Past

This module, together with the final year project, is the culmination of the Archaeology degree. It provides students the opportunity to consider the multiplicity of archaeological interpretation on the basis of differing lines of evidence and varied approaches of study. Therefore 3-5 archaeological controversies are discussed with the aim of examining how data can be interpreted in various ways, each one of which might be equally valid. Case studies will depend upon staff availability but might include the ‘Younger Fill’/human landscape degradation debate on the interpretation of Late Holocene sediments in the Mediterranean; diffusion models to explain the change from Mesolithic to Neolithic society in Europe; chronologies of colonisation (of for example the Americas and Australia, and of Europe by early forms of Homo and Homo sapiens); origins, causes and effects of diseases in the archaeological and historical record and dating the eruption of Thera and the end of the Minoan civilisation and mid-Holocene vegetation change.

Writing History

In this module, students will explore the nature of historical research and historical debate through reflection on their own dissertation and the sharing of best practice with other students. The delivery of content through small seminar groups and workshops will allow a more supportive learning environment whilst ensuring a more active engagement with individual research. Students will be encouraged to think beyond their dissertation project to the skills and applications of undergraduate study and training. Writing History will offer the support and guidance needed to plan and execute an independent research project whilst signposting how these skills contribute towards a competitive employment profile.

Optional Modules

Other optional modules include:

  • Archaeological Project Management – 15 Credits
  • Field Trip - 15 Credits
  • Public Archaeology and Careers - 15 Credits
  • Puzzling the Past - 15 Credits
  • The Archaeology of Conflict - 15 Credits

Depth Study paired module from a choice of:

  • Depth Study: The Celts – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Central southern England in the Roman period – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Later Prehistoric Wessex – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Winchester – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of Italy 800 BC – AD 500 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Caribbean Peoples and Cultures – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Archaeology of Buddhism – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Archaeology of the Southern Caucasus – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Medieval Religion and Belief – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Battlefield Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Maritime Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Greek Bronze Age – 15 Credits
  • Computational Archaeology – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Hundred Years’ War 1337-1453 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Alfred the Great – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Civil War and Revolution in the British Isles – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The United States and the Cold War 1945-63 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Japan at War and Under Occupation 1937-52 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Home Front: the United Kingdom 1939-1945 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The French Wars of Religion 1562-1598 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Society, Culture and Everyday Life in Russia: 1928-1985 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Norman Conquest – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Interwar Britain – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Pax Romana: From the Julio-Claudians to the Severans, AD 14-235 - 15 credits
  • Depth Study: The Italian Wars 1494-1516 and 1521-1559 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Henrician & Edwardian Reformation and the Marian Counter-Reformation – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Genocide in History and Memory I and II – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Ruling England in the Second Viking Age, Part I: Kingdoms Lost and Won and Part II: Political Cultures – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Epic Literature and History: Homer and Herodotus – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Norman Worlds I (Normandy and the British Isles) and II (Southern Italy and Crusader Kingdoms) – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Anglo-Norman Civil War, 1120-1148 and 1148-1162   – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of the Italian City Communes (c.1050-c.1150) and The Dominance of the Italian City Communes (c.1150-c.1250). – 15 Credits
  • The Age of Napoleon in Global Perspective -  I and II – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Emergence of Modern Environmentalism I & II: The Discovery of Nature and The Crisis of Nature – 15 Credits
  • The Post-war Teenager, 1945-1979 Part 1 and Part 2 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The USSR after Stalin, 1953-1964 and 1964-1985 – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: Greek Rhetoric: The Sophists and Lysias & Demosthenes – 15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Black Death Parts 1 and 2 -15 Credits
  • Depth Study: The Maghreb, Colonialism and Its Aftermath in North Africa and France, Part I 1827-1914 and Part II 1914-Present - 15 Credits

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

  • Comparative Study: Supernatural and Witchcraft Beliefs in the British Isles, Continental Europe and America c.1450-1800 – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Chivalry – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Minorities in the Past – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Mediterranean Fascism: Conflict and Dictatorship in Spain and Italy 1914-1947 – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: War Crimes Trials and Memories of War: Japan and Germany – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Religious Reform in Sixteenth-Century Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Comedy Theatre – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Monstrous Regiment: Gender and Authority in Early Modern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Nation Making in Early Modern Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Holocaust Memory and Representation in Europe, the United States & Israel – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Ideas, Ideologies and Colonial Organisation in the British and French Empires – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Borderlands and Commodities In History – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Murder in the Ancient City – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Medieval Hostageships – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Greek and Roman Epic – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Plutarch’s Parallel Lives – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Gender and Authority in Early Medieval Europe – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Warfare in the Medieval West from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The Middle Ages in Computer Games – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: Apocalypse Then and Now! Disasters in World History – 15 Credits
  • Comparative Study: The ‘Swinging’ Sixties – 15 Credits

Entry requirements

96-112 points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: CCC-BBC from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
  • BTEC/CTEC: MMM-DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Pass (C or above on the core) in a T Level

Additionally, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit UCAS.

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

GCSE English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their website which may be of interest.

International points required

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT

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.

2024 Course Tuition Fees

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International

Year 1 £9,250 £16,700
Year 2 £9,250 £16,700
Year 3 £9,250 £16,700
Total £27,750 £50,100
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,850 £3,340
Total with Sandwich Year £29,600 £53,440

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, 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 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.

UK 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 £139.14 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year.

**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. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Mandatory

Excavation

Students are required to undertake two weeks compulsory fieldwork which takes place over the summer after Year 1, at one of the Department's local research/ training projects. These local projects have no direct costs for student participants, but students may need to pay for their travel.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.

Optional

Field Trip

Students will have the option to participate in a three day-long residential archaeological field trip module in their second year of study. Indicative cost: £150. For the week-long History Fieldtrip in Year 2 - costs vary depending on location and number of students going on the trip. Indicative costs: £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. Indicative costs: £0 - £300. 

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.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates have entered fulfilling historical and archaeological careers as teachers, in museums, heritage sites, archives and local authorities. However, the programme also provides a wide range of skills that are highly relevant to a number of other careers, such as conservation, education and the civil service. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers in all industries, who value their deep theoretical and cultural knowledge.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.

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.

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