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BAArchaeology and Anthropology

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

Archaeology and Anthropology seek to understand the nature of human societies, the material worlds they inhabit and the extraordinary variety of cultural life over time.

Every aspect of human experience and expression is open to archaeological and anthropological enquiry, including ritual and religion, social organisation, art, architecture, music, mythology, dress, identity, technology, health, violence, migration, economy, and landscape. Each discipline complements and enriches the other and, in combination, guide contemporary understanding of global human culture and its diverse forms, achievements and changing character.

BA Archaeology and Anthropology at Birmingham includes modules in practical archaeological fieldwork, material culture studies and ethnography, with exciting opportunities for developing your own individual interests in particular aspects of archaeological and anthropological study.

Programme structure

First year
In the first year, you gain a firm grounding in both intellectual and practical foundations of archaeology, with one of the highlights of the year being the two-week Field School. In parallel, you gain an introduction to anthropological perspectives.

Compulsory modules:

Practical Archaeology (20 credits)
Project A (10 credits)
Project B (10 credits)
World Archaeology (20 credits)
Anthropology of Africa (20 credits)
Focus on Studying Societies (20 credits)
Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits)
See our first year modules

Second year
The second year develops your understanding of the interpretative frameworks and methods of archaeology and anthropology, while at the same time allowing you to pursue specialist areas of study through the seminar module and range of optional modules.

Students take a total of 120 credits: 80 credits of compulsory modules and 40 credits of optional modules. For the optional modules, you can choose to take 20 credits in each discipline or take all 40 credits in the same discipline.

Compulsory modules:

Artefacts and Material Culture (20 credits)
Seminar II (choice of seminar topics) (20 credits)
Anthropology: Theory, Ethnography and Research (40 credits)
See our second year modules

Year abroad
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year
The highlight of the final year is your dissertation. Working one-on-one with a supervisor, you will complete a substantial research project on a subject of special interest to you. In addition, you will choose 80 credits of optional modules to build your own specialist final year programme of study whether this is mainly archaeological, mainly anthropological, or a combination of both disciplines.

Compulsory modules:

Archaeology dissertation (40 credits) or Anthropology dissertation (40 credits)

Career opportunities

You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:

Professional archaeology
Museums and curatorial work
Education
Civil Service
Media

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States