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Archaeological Science with Placement and Study Abroad

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

120-141

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Archaeological sciences

Study BSc Archaeological Science with Placement and Study Abroad course, one of the top scientific archaeology courses in the UK.

Explore our outstanding teaching collections and laboratory facilities, with dedicated spaces for the analysis of human remains, artefacts, plant pollen, and archaeological soils and sediments.

Join a University that's ranked in the top 10 UK universities for Archaeology according to QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021.

We have an outstanding track record for student satisfaction, with satisfaction scores of 90-100% for the quality of our courses in every National Student Survey between 2010 and 2020.

BSc Archaeological Science differs from our BA Archaeology course as it concentrates much more on the scientific and forensic aspects of archaeology. On this course, you will gain a wide range of skills to assist you in the study of human bones (including osteology and palaeopathology), enabling you to learn more about past societies, diets and diseases.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a dedicated Field School during your course, providing you with direct hands-on experience in all aspects of an archaeological excavation. Put your skills into practice, including excavation, surveying, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping, planning, and finds processing, and contribute to archaeological knowledge through our discoveries.

The course also has a strong focus on environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology, through which you will make fascinating discoveries about ancient human societies, as well as the evolution of landscapes and climate change.

This diverse approach presents you with many areas to explore and specialise in, providing you with plenty of options for your final-year dissertation.

*Placement and Study Abroad *

This four-year degree course includes study at a university abroad, and a placement in your third year, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional and international experience. You will spend one semester studying abroad and then undertake a half-year professional placement abroad or back in the UK.

We provide opportunities for you to undertake placements in a variety of contexts.

Opportunities are available working across the Archaeological, Heritage, Planning and Museum sectors including: research institutions, government organisations, local planning authorities, archaeological consultancies, field units, specialists and archivists. Alternatively you can choose a placement in a non-related business or industry, exploring different career options and enhancing your employability by drawing on the many non-vocational, transferable skills you obtain from an Archaeology degree.

Recent examples include:

- Traineeship with Oxford Archaeology

- Traineeship at the Field School

- Archaeological science placement at QUEST, the University of Reading’s scientific consultancy company

- Volunteering at the Ure Museum, Cole Museum of Zoology and the Museum of English Rural Life

- Human remains placement

- Mediterranean Palaeoclimate Project placement

- Hominin Skeletal Morphology placement

- Archaeological Graphics placement

Our department has a dedicated member of staff in charge of placements, who can provide you with advice and support.

Our partner universities abroad currently include the Universities of Malta, Aarhus (Denmark), Torún (Poland) and the University of Florida in Gainesville (U.S.A.).

If you are interested in studying abroad, you have the opportunity to spend a term at Aarhus University in Denmark or the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland in your second year, getting to know a new academic and cultural environment.

Modules

Sample modules can include:

*Forensic Anthropology and the Archaeology of Death
*Introduction to Quaternary Science
*Changing the Face of the Earth: Past, Present and Future Sustainability
*Bioarchaeology
*The Archaeology and Anthropology of Food

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£23,700
per year
International
£23,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Archaeological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
A

After graduation


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Physical sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
76%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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