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BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: V400
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Our BSc degree in Archaeology integrates traditional archaeology with the practical application of scientific methods that are applied to today’s archaeology.

It is a professionally-focused degree in archaeology with a strong fieldwork component and a focus on human osteology or the environment.

Your degree pathway in the second and final years will comprise a number of compulsory core modules that characterise this combination of archaeology and applied archaeological science. We offer a number of clear pathways, which will provide you with a specialism in, for example, prehistoric archaeology or in cultural resource management.

Archaeological Sciences at Bradford was given 94% overall satisfaction by the School's students in the National Student Survey 2016.

The course is also available as a four-year course, underpinned by the opportunity to undertake a placement and by a substantial individual research dissertation in a topic of your own choosing.

Find out more about the School of Archaeological and Forensic Sciences.

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"I applied to the University through Clearing as I was unable to make it into my first choice. Although I was initially upset by this, I discovered the plethora of possibilities that Bradford offered that I couldn't receive anywhere else. I wish I had made Bradford my first choice after realising how well the course suited my needs. I am very glad I decided to make the move."

BSc Archaeology 4-years

Why Bradford?

All courses offer excellent teaching in a supportive environment with lots of hands-on practical experience in outstanding facilities.

All our teaching is underpinned by staff research projects, many of which receive global media attention. We are the third highest archaeology department in the country for the impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The BSc (Hons) Archaeology is professionally-focussed with a strong fieldwork component and a focus on human osteology and/or the environment. It has a strong environmental dimension to equip students for employment in environmental/archaeological consultancies, field units, and local/central government sector positions.

The programme of study will provide the student with a sound knowledge of current archaeological thinking on many cultures and regions whilst also providing an understanding of professional practice and how relevant techniques are used and integrated within commercial and research archaeology.

Stage 1

  • British Archaeology Core (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Archaeological Methods Core (20 credits)
  • Biological Anthropology: From Human Evolution to Forensic Archaeology Core (20 credits)
  • Scientific Frameworks Core (20 credits)
  • Field Recording Skills Core (20 credits)
  • Themes in World Archaeology Core (20 credits)

Stage 2

  • Archaeological Fieldwork Core (20 credits)
  • Interpreting the Past Core (20 credits)
  • Understanding Artefacts Option (20 credits)
  • Prehistoric Societies Option (20 credits)
  • Heritage Management with GIS Core (20 credits)
  • Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings Option (20 credits)
  • Bioarchaeology: Humans, Plants and Animals Option (20 credits)
  • Elective Option

Stage 3

  • Dissertation Core (40 credits)
  • Advanced Archaeological Fieldwork Option (20 credits)
  • Landscapes, Climate and Society Option (20 credits)
  • Current Research in Archaeological Sciences Option (20 credits)
  • Bones, Bodies and Burials Option (20 credits)
  • Archaeology in Contemporary Society Core (20 credits)
  • Elective Option

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment


The placement year on our four-year course gives you the opportunity to gain real experience and professional training within your degree in order to kick-start your career. It is unique and valued throughout the archaeological world. We have sent students to every continent over the 40 years the programme has been running.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

90% of our 2016 graduates in Archaeology and Archaeological Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

Almost half our recent graduates have entered archaeologically-related careers – one of the highest rates in the UK.

Former students have become field archaeologists, cultural resource managers, university lecturers and even accountants.

Other career opportunities include computing, management, or teaching, and many areas where employers are looking for transferable skills and an analytical mind.

Many graduates choose to continue their education and enrol on taught Master’s or research degrees.

You can find some useful information about studying archaeology at University Archaeology UK.


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 70% of our research in Archaeological Sciences was found to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Archaeological Sciences at Bradford has a long-established reputation as one of the key centres for archaeological research in the UK. Bringing together staff from both Humanities and Science backgrounds within a single centre, we have created a powerful and distinctive research identity which blends cultural archaeology with cutting edge science.

View details about our research projects


We have a range of outstanding analytical facilities including:

  • The Biological Anthropology Research Centre, which holds the largest collection of human skeletal remains in any archaeology department in the UK, including specimens from the Neolithic to the 19th century
  • Three osteology laboratories; histology and microscopy laboratories
  • A newly refurbished radiography suite with both traditional and digital radiography equipment
  • We are a leading centre for multi-isotope analysis of archaeological materials including bone, teeth, hair, shell and pottery ‘foodcrusts’ through the analysis of the stable isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur
  • Laboratories for archaeological geophysics; lithic microwear analysis; soils / biological processing, and environmental archaeology
  • Dedicated Forensic Taphonomy and Conservation laboratories
  • Dedicated Crime Scene House and Field Station at Oxenhope Moor
  • Project work-rooms including the Iron Age Research Laboratory and the North Atlantic Research Laboratory
  • New in-house Visualisation Suite encompasses a wide range of archaeological imaging and analysis capability

Explore our facilities through the University of Bradford Virtual Experience.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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