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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Survey a wide range of periods and cultures from the earliest humans to the industrial and post-industrial age
  • Learn from expert tutors and their cutting-edge research
  • Join a student-led history society on trips to sites of historical interest and talks by major historians
  • Study in a beautiful city and explore the rich archaeological history of Winchester and Wessex
  • Archaeology achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

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 On this fascinating hands-on degree you combine the study of both historical documents and archaeological remains in a quest for missing pieces of the historical canvas.

Our committed team of historians and archaeologists are passionate about their subjects, which cover a broad range of cultures, wars 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, the Caribbean, USA and Japan.

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 choose from a range of optional modules to gain an insight into a variety of historical periods and cultures.

Building on a 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 and knowledge in preparation for Year 3.

In Year 3, you cover topics more intensively and carry out an independent piece of research on a subject of your choice in either archaeology or history.

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.

Our graduates enter a wide variety of careers in field archaeology, teaching, archival work, and government and heritage organisations. Others find work in the arts, retail, marketing and media.

Careers

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

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

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

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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Field Trips

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

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: 226 hours
  • Independent learning: 974 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 262 hours
  • Independent learning: 928 hours
  • Placement: 10 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 248 hours
  • Independent learning: 952 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

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

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)*:
  • 69% coursework
  • 28% written exams
  • 4% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 71% coursework
  • 10% written exams
  • 19% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 47% coursework
  • 33% written exams
  • 20% 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

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +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

Optional Modules

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

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

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.

Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork
World Prehistory
Archaeology of the Historic Period
Case Studies 2: Independent Study Project
Introduction to Archaeology
Case Studies 1: Sources & Approaches in History

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules

Students must choose two optional modules from a choice of:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Research Methods
Practicing History
Archaeological Theory
Excavation
Reading History

Year 3 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules

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

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

Depth Study paired module from a choice of:

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

Other optional modules include:

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

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at [LINK] www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Research Methods
Dissertation in Archaeology or History
Writing History

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

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:

Optional

Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long Archaeology field trip module in their second year of study. Cost £150. 

Field trip: Students will have the option to participate in a week-long History field trip in their second year of study. Costs will vary depending on location - £300 - £700. 

Placement: Students will have the option to undertake a History Volunteering Placement in their second year of study. This will normally consist of 12 visits, and additional costs for travel will need to be covered by the student. Cost £0 - £300. 

Mandatory

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

Course Specific Bursaries/Scholarships

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
FV41
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester