Archaeology and Geography BA

   
   
  

Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:LV74
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:3 year UG
Qualification name:Archaeology and Geography
UCAS code
UCAS code
LV74
Qualification
Archaeology and Geography | BA Jt Hons
Duration
3 years full-time (available part-time)
A level offer
ABB-BBB
Required subjects
B in geography at A Level
IB score
32-30 (5 in geography at Higher Level)
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places
8
School/department
 

This course may still be open to international applicants for 2016 entry. Please visit our international pages for details of courses and application procedures from now until the end of August.

Overview

This course will help you understand archaeological method, environmental archaeology, ancient technologies, and the history of archaeological thought and research methods.
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On this course you will receive a balanced training in relevant aspects of physical, human, regional and technical geography. The archaeology modules provide a core understanding of archaeological method, environmental archaeology, ancient technologies, and the history of archaeological thought and research methods. Your technical training will include cartography, statistical techniques and computing.

Year one 

In archaeology, the introductory modules provide a core understanding of archaeological method and archaeological science, while optional modules offer period specialisms or themes such as the archaeology of burials. In geography you will develop an understanding of key themes of human and physical geography and the use of geographical data.

Year two

You will build on the core aspects of archaeological research methods and theory and will also choose from a range of specialised modules. In geography you will choose from a range of options on physical and cultural geography.

Year three

You will write a dissertation in either geography or archaeology and take advanced modules in each subject.

More information

See also the School of Geography.
 

Entry requirements

A levels:  ABB-BBB, including B in geography at A level

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications

For details please see alternative qualifications page

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

 

 
 

Modules

Typical year one modules

Understanding the Past - Introduction to Archaeology

This module will provide you with an introduction to archaeology as a discipline. It covers the development of the subject and examines methods for discovering, recovering and analysing archaeological remains. Archaeological prospection/survey, excavation, post-survey/excavation analysis, approaches to dating, materials analysis and an introduction to frameworks of social interpretation are all themes addressed within the module. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures, seminars, practical classes, computer workshops and a field trip, on average taking up two hours per week across a full year.
 

Introduction to Archaeological Science

The use of methods from biological and earth sciences has transformed the practice of archaeology from the discovery of radiocarbon dating to establish chronology in distant prehistory to the use of stable isotope analysis to trace the movements and diet of past populations. This module will introduce you to some of the key developments in archaeological science over the last 50 years and will show you how scientific methods have dramatically changed our understanding of the past. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures, seminars and practical classes on average taking up about 2 hours per week across a full year.
 
 

Forest to Farmers: Prehistoric Archaeology of Britain

This module provides an overview of the archaeology of the British Isles from the earliest traces of human activity until the Roman invasion of Britain. It will introduce you to key concepts in prehistoric archaeology through study of the major archaeological finds and sites of the period from henges to the hillforts of Wessex. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 4 hours per week across the autumn semester.
 

Rome to Revolution: Historical Archaeology of Britain

This module provides you with an overview of the archaeology of the British Isles from the Roman invasion, covering Anglo-Saxon, Viking and medieval periods, up to until the industrial revolution. Using key sites and discoveries, students will be introduced to the challenges of understanding the archaeology of periods partially documented in textual sources. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 4 hours per week across the spring semester.
 
 

Great Discoveries in Archaeology

In this module the staff of the archaeology department will share the sites and discoveries that not only inspired them but have also been major benchmarks in the development of the discipline. Each lecture focuses on a major discovery or theory that has fundamentally changed previous held interpretations of the past. The module also looks at the personalities and ideologies that have shaped our discipline, noting how changing perspectives on gender, ethnicity and class have in turn shaped ideas about the past. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 2 hours per week across the autumn semester.
 
 

Grave Matters: The Archaeology of Death, Burial and Commemoration

This module will examine the many types of archaeological evidence represented through the treatment of human remains from prehistory until the early modern period. You will learn how the study of human remains can give insights into past diets, social status, health and attitudes towards different members of society, while the study of burial practices can tell about the structure of societies and their beliefs. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 2 hours per week across the spring semester.
 
 

Interpreting Geographical Data

In this module you will be given a theoretical and practical training to enable you to undertake basic spatial analysis within a contemporary Geographic Information System (GIS).  You will have lectures, practical sessions, linkages to associated textbooks and theory topics delivered via WEBCT. This module will ensure competency in the use of GIS software whilst developing ICT skills. For this module you’ll have a combination of lectures and practicals.
 

Exploring Human Geography

In this module you will be introduced to current issues in human geography. You will critically examine complex relations between people and places by considering key themes and concepts in current human geography with close attention paid to innovative work in cultural, historical, environmental, economic and development geography.  This module provides the foundations for further specialised study in Years 2 and 3. 
 

Tutorial

This module consists of small group tutorials in both the autumn and spring semesters in which emphasis will be placed on discussion, essay writing and seminar presentations. These will be based on topics in the qualifying-year geography modules and from broader intellectual, cultural and political fields. You will have a one-hour tutorial each week. 
 
 
Orientation and Study Skills
The aim of this module is to introduce you to study programmes offered by the School of Geography, to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to perform well at University, and to impart understanding of the nature and craft of University-level study. This module is organized through a series of weekly one hour lectures.
 
 

Geographical Field Course

In this module you will undertake a four day intensive residential field study trip. Teaching will focus on the rationale and techniques of field study in both human and physical aspects of geography. An emphasis is placed on the design, practice and analysis of small research projects based on geographical issues.  You will gain and develop a range of skills including applying research design and execution skills, evaluate field based techniques amongst other valuable skills necessary in carrying out field study. 
 

Physical Landscapes of Britain

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the history and origins of Earth and its life and platforms. Attention is paid to the way Britain has formed via tectonic and geomorphological processes with a number of case studies being presented. For this module you will have a combination of lectures, practicals and field trips. 
 
 
 

Typical year two modules

Compulsory

Archaeological Research: Theory and Practice

The excitement of discovery and research is the foundation of everything we do as archaeologists. This module is aimed at helping you to develop more advanced research skills and to discover the methods that are used in major archaeological research projects. In particular you will be introduced to the concepts and methods that you will put into practice in your third year dissertation or independent project. The teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about two hours per week across the year. 

 

Research Tutorial

In this module you will cover the breadth of world-leading research being carried out in the school of Geography reflected in the School’s four research themes: Cultural and Historical Geography, Economic Worlds, Environment & Society, and Geosciences.  For this module you’ll have an introductory lecture and fortnightly tutorials. 

 

 

Optional

Techniques in Physical Geography

This module provides the opportunity for hands-on experience of laboratory, field and survey techniques in physical geography appropriate to the interest of the student.  To complete this module, students will take part in 6 field projects on an 8-day field course, with further work conducted in the laboratory back in Nottingham. You’ll have a combination of lectures, field trips and computing sessions for this module. 

 

 

Techniques in Human Geography

In this module you’ll understand and experience human geography research methods through participation in three practical projects.  This will aid you in exploring methods for students undertaking primary research in human geography including for their dissertation.  For this module you’ll have lectures, practicals and independent learning. 

 

River Channel Forms and Dynamics

In this module you’ll be introduced to the fluid and sediment processes that operate in rivers.  You’ll also learn about the characteristics channel forms of alluvial channels and the links between process and form.  Some other topics covered includes: The foundations of fluvial geomorphology, Dominant discharge and Spaces and timescales of river change. You’ll have lectures, seminars, laboratory practical, independent study and revisions, and 3 days of field study. 

 

Patterns of Life

This module focuses on the patterns of distribution of organisms in space and time, and theories proposed to explain these patterns. Some of the themes covered in this module include: Biodiversity patterns, Extinct and mass extinctions and the process of biogeographical research. For this module you’ll have a combination of lectures, seminars, group discussions and self-directed learning/reading and coursework preparation. 

 

Rural Environmental Geography

The aim of this module is to provide you with a broad knowledge of the rural environmental issues in geography. Some of the topics covered include: the interactions between environmental issues and human actions, the green and gene revolutions, and the prospects for future landscape change in Britain. For this module you’ll have a one 2-hour lecture per week.  

 

 

Dissertation Preparation

The aim of this module is to prepare you for the undertaking of your dissertation, which is a significant piece of supervised research that includes working in the field, collecting primary and/or secondary data, conducting a literature review, undertaking independent research and writing up your research to produce a significant piece of original scholarship. This module is taught by formal lectures, scheduled preliminary fieldwork, and supervision meetings with your dissertation tutor.

 

Archaeology and Society: Heritage and Professional Skills

This module will introduce the structure and context of the professional archaeological sector in the UK, and issues and debates in cultural heritage. It will outline the process of working in archaeology, the various career options, the training required and the type of work carried out by commercial units, museums, and local and national government heritage originations. This will include contact and presentations by real archaeologists working in the various sectors covered. In the spring term, students will apply their knowledge and develop their research and presentation skills in a group heritage project focused on the presentation of a local historic or archaeological site. 

 

Making of the Modern World

This module considers archaeological approaches to the creation of the modern world, through the study of British and European societies and their impact around the globe from the end of the medieval period to the present day (from c. AD 1400 – 2000). Students will study key themes including the development of early European colonial empires and the maritime world system, the archaeology of plantations and slavery, the growth of consumption, industrialisation and urbanisation, and archaeological approaches to our contemporary world, and how archaeological evidence provides new insights into the lives of those who are normally ‘hidden from history’.

 

The Archaeology of the Roman Empire

This module provides an overview of the archaeology of the Roman Empire, developing themes encountered in the first year Rome to Revolution module. It traces the development of the Roman world and examines the archaeology of the Empire’s provinces. Specific themes in this course include town, villas and the countryside, and housing the army among other related topics. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 2 hours per week across the year.

 

The Medieval World

This module considers the archaeology of Europe and the Mediterranean from the end of the Roman Empire to the high Middle Ages (from c. AD 400–1400). Key topics include: the formation of post-Roman societies; rural settlement; the emergence of central places and the development of towns; trade and exchange; and the introduction of Christianity and the role of the Church. The lectures and seminars, totalling around 2 hours per week, will explore integrated approaches to archaeological evidence incorporating landscapes, standing buildings, excavated sites and material culture.

 

Mediterranean Prehistory

This module examines the background to the rise of the 'classical' urban civilisations of Mediterranean Europe, concentrating on Greece and Italy. It takes a long chronological perspective, with emphasis on the Bronze Age in the Aegean (Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece) and Italy and the development of Iron Age societies in Greece and Italy (including the Etruscans), and what we can learn about them through archaeology. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 2 hours per week.

 

Underwater Archaeology

This module will provide you with a broad introduction to current methods & practice of Underwater Archaeology. The module focuses on themes such as lake dwellings, shipwrecks, submerged cities & sunken harbours. Case studies are used ranging in space from Scandinavia to Australia and in time from 1500 BC to the last century. Among the issues tackled will be: methods and techniques of underwater excavation; post-excavation processing of underwater material; problems of conservation and wet finds processing; shipwrecks from 1200 BC: the ship as a symbol; sunken harbours, cities and processes of submergence; lake dwelling & freshwater archaeology; cultural resource management vs. treasure hunting.

 
 

Typical year three modules

Compulsory

Dissertation BA

This module is an individual project based on geographical topic involving a field study agreed by the student, tutor and specialist supervisor.  The dissertation is a significant piece of supervised research that includes field work, collection of primary and/or secondary data, conducting a literature review, independent research and finally writing your research to produce a significant piece of original scholarship. You will have a combination of project supervision meetings with your dissertation advisor, extensive scheduled fieldwork, and guided independent study. 

 

 

OR either

Dissertation in Archaeology

This module involves the preparation and production of an approved topic of 12,000 words, not including edited material. This will involve the culmination of the range of reading, learning and graphic and photographic skills acquired during the first two years of the course. The final dissertation must be in accordance with the regulations. For this module you will have a one 1-hour tutorial and a one 1-hour and a half seminar to study for the module.

 

 

Or

Independent Research Project

Students not undertaking a dissertation in archaeology will carry out an independent research project (6,000 words) in the autumn or spring semester, using skills they have acquired in earlier modules to research a subject of their choice under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor. For this module you will meet with you supervisor in individual tutorials.

 

Optional

The Landscape History of Liguria

This module will introduce the principles of historical ecology and landscape history, drawing on a wide range of sources (including historical maps and documents, field survey of vegetation and landscape features and oral history,) using Liguria as a case study. . Management, teamwork and communications skills will be developed through a field trip to Liguria. You will have a weekly two-hour lecture for this module as well as a one-day field trip during the semester. 

 

 

Quaternary Environments

The aim of this module is to use the lowlands of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico to explore the relationship between climate, environment and society over the timescale of the Quaternary. You’ll explore a range of data sources for past environment change as well as considering the implications on future climate change in this low tropical region.  For this module you’ll have a combination of lectures and a residential field course to Mexico for 10 days. 

 

European Urban Geographies (Berlin Fieldcourse)

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the evolution, socio-economic, political, and cultural dynamics of the city of Berlin. This module is split into two parts; the first part involves a series of lectures to provide background in advance to the field course, and the second part involves a 5-day field trip to Berlin. As a student you’ll be expected to develop a broad and critical understanding of the geographies or European cities and their regions, particularly Berlin. For this module you’ll have lectures and complete the field trip to Berlin. 

 

 

Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being

In this module you’ll be introduced to the concepts of landscape ecology and landscape management and provides a critical understanding of the different management strategies in the context of sustainable development. Topics covered in this module include: Introduction to Landscape Ecology, Landscape monitoring, and Patterns and process in landscape ecology. 

 

The Cultural Geography of English Landscape

The module addresses issues of landscape and culture in England from the eighteenth century to the present day. Key themes will include landscape and national identity and relations of city and country. The module usessources including archives, literature, paintings, prints, poetry, maps, film and photographyThe course consists of weekly 2-hour lectures as well as a one-day field trip to Derwent Valley.

 

The Archaeology of the Silk Road

This module involves the preparation and production of an approved topic of 12,000 words, not including edited material. This will involve the culmination of the range of reading, learning and graphic and photographic skills acquired during the first two years of the course. The final dissertation must be in accordance with the regulations. For this module you will have a one 1-hour tutorial and a one 1-hour and a half seminar to study for the module. 

 

Submerged Worlds

The module will cover the full range of submerged archaeological sites from entire prehistoric landscapes through sunken cities to individual sunken settlements. As well as considering what these sites add to the archaeological record, the module will consider the processes of submergence, bringing in new evidence for the complexity of tectonic changes and human adaptations to sea-level change. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and workshops , on average taking up about 2 hours per week.

 

Beastly Questions

This module is about the human-animal relationships that are fundamental to all societies, through its shaping of diets, economies, landscapers and beliefs, and cultural ideologies. The study of the human-animal interaction can provide detailed insight into the structure and worldview of past societies. During the course you will investigate a wide range of issues including: the hunter gatherer/ farming transition, the impact of the Roman Empire, the creation and meaning of ancient landscapes, expressions of social status, ethnicity, and gender. For this module you will have a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops for one semester. 

 

Commensal Politics: Food, Plants and Social Change

This module will provide an alternative approach to understanding society and its changes through time, linking the past to current issues of food security, sustainability, trade and social in/stability. It will explore the social role of food and plants, tackling issues such as the development of tastes, identity, social status, ethnicity, health and medicine, perceptions of nature and commensality, the creation of ‘foodscapes’ and the investigation of diet and plants that cross boundaries in space and time. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and seminars, on average taking up about 2 hours per week.

 

Topics in Human Evolution

This module will discuss the latest research in Human Evolution. Based on a seminar format students will choose the topics to be covered during the module, from a shortlist of 12, plus any ideas of their own. Once the topics will be decided students sign up to present (on a first-come first-served basis) and there is a short lecture on each topic to give everyone an overview. Students will then present the paper to the group and the presentations are followed by a group discussion. Topics covered will vary according to the interests of the group and in 2015-16 they included Bipedalism, brain size, Homo floresiensis (AKA the Hobbit), landscape use, hunting vs. scavenging, and responses to death and danger.

 

Profesional Bioarchaeology

This module will introduce you in the professional analysis of archaeological plant, animal and human remains. It will be taught entirely through practical sessions, with students learning 'on the job'. Under close supervision, students will work in small groups to carry out laboratory assessments of archaeological assemblages, to the standard expected by the commercial sector. The skills and experience gained through this module will facilitate a transfer into professional archaeology. The module will be taught through three compulsory Saturday schools – attendance at all three schools is required for students to gain a pass mark.

 

The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England

This module will consider the archaeology of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest. You will focus on the question of the Romano-British survival and the impact of Romano-British culture on the Anglo-Saxon incomers, on the archaeology of the early state in England, on the development of town and rural settlement patterns, on the role of the church in society and on the Danish impact on England. For this module you will have a combination of lectures, seminars and field trips over the course of 11 weeks. 

 

The Archaeology of the Medieval City

The aim of this module is to provide you with a broad knowledge of the archaeological evidence for the development of cities and urban life in the later medieval period AD 1000-1500, with a focus on English towns and cities in their wider Europe context. The module will explore the integration of varied sources of archaeological evidence including urban landscapes, buildings and material culture, and particular emphasis placed on interdisciplinary approaches to urban economic and social life. For this module you will have a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and a field trip over the period of 11 weeks.

 

The Archaeology of Mycenaean Greece

This module will introduce you to the archaeology of the Mycenaean world and will give you familiarity with the achievements and the material culture of one of the greatest European Bronze Age civilizations of the second millennium BC, by discussing the historical, social, cultural and economic context of the period. For this module you will have a combination of lectures and workshops, on average taking up about 2 hours per week.

 

Rome and the Mediterranean

In this module you will examine the archaeological evidence for the Roman period in Italy and the Mediterranean from c. 300 BC to c. AD 550. The major social, cultural and economic changes of the region in this period will be discussed as well as in the context of wider historical and archaeological approaches to the Mediterranean. You’ll have an hour of lectures and an hour-long seminar for this module.

 

Prehistoric Italy

In this module you will learn about the prehistory of Italy from the earliest Palaeolithic settlement down to the Final Bronze Age, the premise for the complex societies of the First Millennium. Topics will include: The first farmers, early metallurgy, Lake dwelling and Terramare, The Apennine culture and the pastoral model, and the Mycenaean connection. For this module you will have a one 2-hour lecture and a one 1-hour seminar each week. 

 
 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Careers

You will have a sound understanding of practical research techniques used in geography and archaeology. You will have also carried out your own independent work into an area of your own interest and have broad knowledge of archaeological and geographic theory and will be able to apply that to future work.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 75% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Archaeology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,500 with the highest being £25,000.*

In 2014, 89% of first-degree graduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,810 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

 
 

Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.

Home students*

There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.

To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.  
 
 

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Key Information Sets (KIS)

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Assessment

There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. Students are required to complete 10 days of archaeological fieldwork training, normally during the summer after first year. 

This placement is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

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