Triangle Triangle

Course overview

Geography and archaeology are natural partners and this degree is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a broad understanding of the world around them with a unique long-term perspective. Bridging the humanities and the sciences, the BA in Archaeology and Geography allows you to explore the development of human societies from the origins of early humans to the present day, and to explain the relationship between people, landscape and the changing environment.

The flexible structure of the degree and the wide choice of topics available will enable you either to specialise or maintain a breadth of interests as you progress through the course.

Your technical training will include cartography, statistical techniques and computing. 

Geography

You will receive a balanced training in relevant aspects of physical, human, regional and technical geography.

Archaeology

These modules provide a core understanding of archaeological method, environmental archaeology, ancient technologies, and the history of archaeological thought and research methods.

It is compulsory for you to gain archaeological experience in the UK or overseas by participating in an approved excavation project or related work experience placement (20 days for Single Honours students, 10 days for Joint Honours students). See our fieldwork page for more information.

More information

See the Department of Classicis and Archaeology and School of Geography websites to find out more about our teaching, research and what it is like to study with us.


Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level BBC in Clearing (B in Geography)
Required subjects B in geography at A Level
IB score 32-30 (5 in geography at Higher Level)

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

How you will be assessed

There is assessment associated with this programme that is not attached to a specific module. In the first year, students take a non credit bearing course on building employability. Sessions cover key skills needed to find work experience and employment and evaluating personal development, while highlighting the range of support available. 

The course is assessed by the production of a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and self reflection on employability skills acquired, as well as a plan for further skills building.

Study abroad

  • Explore the world, experience different cultures and gain valuable life skills by studying abroad.
  • Options range from short summer schools, a single semester to a whole year abroad.
  • Language support is available through our Language Centre where required.
  • Boost your CV for prospective employers.

See our study abroad pages for full information

Modules

Geography

You will develop an understanding of key themes in human and physical geography, including the history and origins of Earth, tectonics and geomorphology, and the complex relationships between people and places through historical and cultural geography. You will also gain key skills in understanding geographical data through classroom based and field based studies.

Archaeology

You will study core modules in the principles and methods of archaeological investigation, as not many students have studied archaeology in depth before they come to university. You will be taught how we discover, excavate, record and analyse archaeological evidence ranging from landscapes to buildings and settlements to buried objects and organic remains. You will have training in the field in basic archaeological techniques and you will study the core principles of archaeological science including environmental archaeology and archaeological materials. You can also choose modules in the archaeology of Britain from prehistory to the industrial revolution or in key themes such as the archaeology of burials.

In the summer vacation you will complete at least part of your required archaeological fieldwork placement.

Core modules

Understanding the Past – Introduction to Archaeology

Archaeologists are interested in all aspects of the human past. This includes everything from ancient landscapes and changing environments, buried settlements and standing monuments and structures, to material objects and evidence for diet, trade, ritual and social life.

This module introduces the discipline of archaeology. It also explores how material remains are discovered, analysed and used to provide evidence for human societies, from prehistory to the present day.

The autumn semester introduces the historical development of archaeology. This is followed by a presentation of current theory and practice in the areas of:

  • archaeological prospection and survey
  • excavation and post-excavation analysis
  • relative and absolute dating
  • the study of archaeological artefacts
  • frameworks of social interpretation

In the spring semester, you will be taken into the field to gain practical experience of core archaeological methods in field survey and buildings archaeology.

This module is worth 20 credits.

Understanding the Past II – Landscapes and Surveying

This module builds on Understanding the Past I. It is an introduction to the core aims and methodologies of Archaeology as a discipline. It provides a basic introduction to how material remains of the past are discovered, analysed and used to provide evidence for human societies, from prehistory to the present day.

Through lectures, classroom activities and practical fieldwork, you will be introduced to the study of landscape and the built environment, looking at how the archaeological record is both created and investigated.

You will be taken into the field to gain practical experience of core archaeological methods in field survey and buildings archaeology. One of the locations you will visit is Wollaton Hall, the Elizabethan house and landscape park that's nearby to University Park campus.

This module is worth 20 credits.

Tutorial

Small group tutorials during the autumn and spring semesters will include discussion, essay writing and seminar presentations based on topics from your first-year modules. The classes will develop your skills in problem-solving, communication and reasoning. 

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to conduct basic spatial analysis by using a contemporary Geographic Information System (GIS).

You’ll cover:

  • What is GIS?
  • Applications of GIS
  • Spatial data models
  • Fundamental spatial analysis
  • Cartographic principles behind GIS
  • Presenting and sharing the results of GIS analysis

The module will be delivered through theory lectures and practical sessions, and you’ll be provided with associated textbook resources.

Careers Skills for Geographers

This module will be delivered by the school’s Careers Advisor and academics from the School of Geography.

You’ll cover:

  • self-marketing and CVs
  • preparing for interviews and assessment
  • careers for geographers
  • career planning
  • postgraduate study (masters and PhD)
  • guest lectures (for example, Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers)

You will be introduced to and encouraged to make regular use of the Careers and Employability Service to assist with your progress during the module, and to identify opportunities to further your career development.

Optional modules

Exploring Place

This module introduces you to geographical research on place, conveying current research in the field, including that carried out within the School of Geography. You will gain knowledge of key concepts and methodological approaches, with understanding developed through the examination of place-based case studies.

Lectures will outline developments in the geographical study of place in recent decades, and explore key themes such as place and memory, place and knowledge, and place and identity. The challenges and opportunities offered by the digital exploration of place will be outlined, using case studies of digital mapping and the public display of geographical information. Regional case studies will show how the research themes presented in the module can be brought together around the study of specific places and landscapes.

Throughout the module, staff will draw upon their own research as well as wider academic literature, giving students a sense of the possibilities of geographical research exploring place.

Physical Landscapes of Britain

This module provides an understanding of the history and origins of the Earth and its life and landforms through consideration of the following topics:

  • Development of life over geological time
  • Environmental changes over geological time
  • Field trip to the Peak District (full costs will be supplied nearer the time of the trip)
On Earth and Life

On Earth and Life explores the deep historical co-evolution of Earth and Life, and emphasises uniqueness of place and historical contingency. The module leads on from and complements Physical Landscapes of Britain in exploring geological, plate tectonic and palaeoenvironmental ideas and research, but at the global scale.

It emphasises the role of life in creating past and present planetary environments, and conversely the role of environment and environmental change in the evolution and geography of life. The module also serves to prepare the ground for and contextualise several second and third year geography modules, especially Environmental Change and Patterns of Life.

Globalisation: Economy, Space and Power

This module introduces you to contemporary and historical approaches to understanding economic globalisation and its spatial unevenness. You will develop knowledge relating to globalisation as a set of discourses and practices using case studies relating to key themes of relevance.

Lectures will outline the key debates relating to globalisation as a phenomenon and will interrogate the relevance of the concept through an examination of commodities, labour and work, governance and money and finance.

You will also explore the spatial unevenness of globalisation, and develop understanding of the ways in which globalisation has contributed to an increasingly unequal and differentiated society at a variety of scales. Alternatives to globalisation will also be discussed, focusing upon various counter-globalisation strategies in the forms of localism, activism and protest.

Throughout the module, staff will draw upon their own research as well as wider academic literature, giving you a sense of the complexity, and importance, of globalisation as a set of theories and a set of sited realities.

Comparative World Prehistory

Gain an overview of prehistoric archaeology through global case studies.We’ll be covering the latest debate and scholarship, on topics such as:

  • human dispersal
  • technology
  • environmental change
  • food procurement and production
  • monumentality
  • sedentism and urbanisation

You’ll receive a grounding that will feed into our other modules on Prehistoric archaeology in the Department of Archaeology.  

By the end of the module, you’ll have an understanding of the broad chronological development and key themes in Prehistory up to the development of writing. With an appreciation of archaeological approaches in prehistoric periods, and the complexities of integrating varied sources of archaeological evidence including landscapes, monuments, excavated evidence and material culture. 

Rome to Revolution: Historical Archaeology of Britain.

This module gives an overview of the archaeology of the British Isles, from the Roman invasion until the industrial revolution.

This was a period of dramatic change in Britain. Using key sites and discoveries, you will be introduced to the challenges of understanding the archaeology of periods partially documented in textual sources.

You will study:

  • The Roman invasion and military and civilian life in the Roman province of Britannia
  • Anglo-Saxon and Viking incursions and settlement
  • Medieval castles, towns and monasteries
  • The impact of the Reformation and the growth of the Tudor state
  • The role of industry and urbanisation in the making of modern Britain

Teaching is delivered in a mix of lectures, seminars and a museum session. On average, this will be two hours per week across the spring semester.

This module is worth 10 credits.

Exploring Human Geography

You will critically examine the complex relations between people and places through key concepts in human geography.

Themes include:

  • cultural
  • historical
  • medical
  • environmental
  • economics
  • development

The key themes may vary from year to year. This module provides a foundation for more specialised human geography modules at levels two and three.

Planet Earth: Exploring the Physical Environment

This module explores some of the key parts of the Earth’s dynamic physical environment. This typically includes issues connected with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, oceans and land surface. You’ll develop an understanding of global physical systems and how they affect people and the environment. You’ll consider topics such as:

  • key processes such as hydrological cycles
  • principles of Earth and geomorphological systems
  • fluvial geomorphology and biogeomorphology
  • biogeography and biodiversity
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Friday 14 August 2020.

Archaeology

You will study more advanced core modules in archaeological research and archaeological science, which will teach you the diverse ways in which we approach and interpret our evidence. You can choose to take more advanced modules in archaeological science including environmental archaeology, osteoarchaeology and ancient materials, and the ways in which we can use archaeological evidence to reconstruct past human diets, lifestyles, culture and technologies. You can also choose to study particular periods in more depth such as Roman or Anglo-Saxon archaeology, or specialised topics such as human bones. 

Geography

You can choose from a wide range of modules in human and physical geography, allowing you to explore a range of geographical contexts and methods in more depth.

You will be helped to develop advanced research skills in both disciplines in order to prepare you for your third-year dissertation project.

Core modules

Archaeology: Theory and Practice

Archaeological knowledge is built through analysing material remains. We then use theory to create research questions, building interpretations of those remains. Together, these two elements act as evidence for societies in the past and present.

In this module, you will focus on the relationship between concepts, interpretive approaches and analytical frameworks in the design and implementation of archaeological research projects.

In the autumn semester, we introduce the development of archaeological theory and interpretation. Special attention is given to the paradigms put forward over the last 30 years, and the resulting debates.

Topics include:

  • uniformitarianism
  • ethnography
  • typology
  • ‘New Archaeology’
  • processualism and post-processualism
  • economic archaeology
  • neo-Marxist paradigms

You will develop your knowledge further through in-depth studies of key issues and themes. You will also explore archaeological research in a wide range of different areas and projects.

You will develop professional practice through a desk-based assessment, for an archaeological site or project. Assessment for this module also includes a report on your fieldwork, written with reference to the theoretical components of the module.

This module is worth 20 credits.

Environmental Change
This module considers the mechanisms for, and evidence of, global environmental change during the timescale of the Quaternary period. You will evaluate the nature, causes and impacts of change in the context of the available evidence within a range of natural and human environments. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, practicals and computing. 
Cultural and Historical Geography

This module introduces you to cultural and historical geography, including the:

  • development of cultural and historical geography as sub-disciplines
  • key thematic areas of contemporary cultural and historical geography, including landscape, identity, culture, power and knowledge 
  • theoretical underpinnings of cultural and historical geography 
  • links between cultural and historical geography and other fields of enquiry in the humanities and social sciences 
  • methods and sources used in cultural and historical geographical research, including archives, texts and images, and field study 
  • work of key figures from the sub-disciplines past and present

Optional modules

Research Tutorial

This module will cover the breadth of world-leading research being carried out in the School of Geography and is reflected in the school's research themes:

  • Cultural and Historical Geography
  • Economic Worlds
  • Environment and Society
  • Geosciences

For students taking Geography with Business or Environmental Sciences, content of tutorials will be restricted to meet the aims of these courses.

Urban Geography

This module introduces you to urban geography, including the:

  • historical development of urban geography as a sub-discipline
  • key thematic areas of contemporary urban geography, including research in the social, economic and cultural and historical geographies of cities
  • theoretical underpinnings of approaches to urban geography
  • importance of cities in understanding social difference, cultural landscapes and economic development in the Global North and South
  • work of key figures from the sub-disciplines past and present
Techniques in Physical Geography

This module presents the opportunity for hands-on experience of laboratory, field and surveying techniques in physical geography appropriate to the domain of interest of the participants. To achieve these aims all students participate in field projects on a residential field course, some of which are completed in the laboratory back in Nottingham, leading to an individual project.

In addition, you choose further laboratory techniques to investigate in the second semester. The ethical, safety and fieldwork limitations of geographical work are also considered.

Techniques in Human Geography

This module allows you to understand and experience human geography research methods through participation in three practical projects. The module covers methods for: arts and humanities research (such as archival research, visual and textual analysis); social science research (such as interviewing, questionnaires and discussion groups); and quantitative human geography research (such as mapping and visualisation).

Spatial Decision Making

This module provides a consideration of the following:

  • Introduction to GI science/systems/studies/services 
  • Spatial data types and sources 
  • Vector processing algorithms 
  • Raster processing algorithms
  • Spatial analysis and decision making 
  • Professional training in ArcGIS 
Economic Geography

This module will cover the following topics:

  • Changing economic geographies of the world economy during the 20th and 21st centuries 
  • Global cities, financial geographies and advanced producer services 
  • Alternative economies and labour resistence 
  • Economic geographies of the Global South
  • Economic geographies of forced labour and migration
  • Feminist economic geography
Dissertation Preparation

This module is taught by formal lectures, scheduled preliminary fieldwork, and supervision meetings with your dissertation tutor. It covers the following:

  • Introduction to the dissertation process and procedures 
  • What is a dissertation? 
  • Ethics, risk and safety implications when conducting geographical research 
  • Preparing a dissertation proposal 
  • Writing and presenting a dissertation
  • Evaluation of past dissertations
The Origins and Rise of Aegean Civilisation

In the early 20th century, British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans’s excavations at the site of Knossos on the island of Crete uncovered the remains of the earliest palatial civilisation in Europe. Knossos, the home of the mythical king Minos and the monstrous Minotaur, became the landmark of a new culture termed as ‘Minoan’.

Based on a combination of lectures and workshops, this module introduces students to the origins of the Aegean complex societies from the late 4th millennium BC and to the rise, apogee and fall of the Minoan palatial, state-level societies of the 3rd and early 2nd millennia BC. 

Communicating the Past

This module is your opportunity to expand your knowledge of an aspect of Classics or Archaeology which interests you, and to experiment with methods of communicating that knowledge which take you beyond the usual assessment practices of essays and exams. You might undertake research that leads to (for example) the creation of a museum exhibition, the reconstruction of an ancient artefact, or the design of a new public engagement strategy for a historic site. You might acquire experience of a communication method which could be of use to you in a future career, e.g. by constructing an education pack, writing in a journalistic style, or creating an archaeological site management plan. You might choose to experiment with a different medium of communication such as video, website or phone app. The topic and form of the project chosen must both be approved by the module convener. This module is ideal for any student who is interested in pursuing a career in heritage, museums or education, while developing skills in research, project design and communication are essential for a wide range of career choices as well as being excellent preparation for your third-year dissertation.

The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England

This module considers the archaeology of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest. You will explore the question of the Romano-British survival and the formation of new Anglo-Saxon societies, evidence of pagan beliefs and the conversion to Christianity; on the development of town and rural settlement patterns, on the role of the church in society and on the Viking incursions and Danish impact on England. 

Themes in Near Eastern Prehistory

You will critically examine themes in Near Eastern Prehistory. The themes take you from the development of agriculture, pastoralism and sedentism to the appearance of the first cities, states and writing. Drawing directly from current research, you will use case studies to examine these themes. You will use archaeological evidence to understand how these developments are reflected in social, religious, economic and political organisations of the prehistoric Near East. You will attend weekly lectures and seminars. After appropriate guidance, you will take part in learning activities includes:

  • setting readings
  • presenting
  • running classroom discussions.

You will receive feedback on these participatory activities. You will write an essay for your formal assessment.

Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)

This module examines Britain in the later-Roman Empire. It is a fascinating period of prosperity, integration, and sophistication. Yet it is also marked by rebellion, civil war, and the sundering of the links that had bound Britain to the continent so deeply for so long.

We will cover from the crisis that marked the middle years of the 3rd century, to the disappearance of Roman power in the early 5th, and the rapid economic collapse and social transformation that followed.

You will take an interdisciplinary approach, combining archaeological and historical evidence, and will be expected to familiarise yourself with a wide range of evidence.

We will examine:

  • the political framework of the later-Roman Empire
  • the textual and archaeological evidence for Britain’s society and economy
  • the barbarian peoples who threatened and interacted with it
  • the question of how it ended up leaving the Roman Empire

You will also consider the integration of different types of source material, thinking about Britain’s place in the wider world in a broader context.

This module is worth 20 credits.

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

This is a discipline-bridging cross-campus module, involving colleagues from across the School of Humanities.

The Silk Road will be presented as a range of archaeological, historical and scientific themes. Broad cultural themes will be balanced with the presentation of specific case studies, such as:

  • The definitions of the Silk Roads
  • Byzantine, Islamic and later medieval Silk Roads
  • Luxury production
  • Trade and exchange from the Roman and later periods
  • Ming Dynasty links with the West

Scientific techniques for the analysis of materials, and their role in the interpretation of trade and exchange along the Silk Roads, will also be considered. This could be between, for example, China, central Asia, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

This module is worth 20 credits.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

In year three you will choose to take a dissertation project in either Archaeology or Geography under the supervision of a member of staff. This is an opportunity for you to develop an original project based around a subject which you are passionate about, and it represents the culmination of the range of core practical and interpretative skills acquired during the first two years of the course.

For the rest of the year you select modules from the wide range of topics and periods offered within the Department of Archaeology and School of Geography, allowing you to develop advanced knowledge and skills across both disciplines.

Core

Dissertation BA

This is a 10,000 word individual project based on a geographical topic involving fieldwork and/or secondary data, and agreed by the candidate with their tutor and a specialist supervisor.

Or:

Classics and Archaeology Dissertation

This module will introduce you to original archaeological research. It provides you with an opportunity to undertake and write up your own substantial piece of work on an approved topic, under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

For this project, you will work in a way similar to an academic archaeologist, which includes:

  • identifying a suitable research topic
  • critically evaluating the issues relating to the subject area
  • sustaining a coherent and cogent argument.

This undertaking will involve the culmination of the range of core practical and interpretative skills acquired during the first two years of the course.

The below are examples of recent archaeology dissertation topics:

  • Skeletal trauma in the Danelaw
  • Gender in Viking Age burials
  • Archaeology of beauty and cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
  • Chinese glass
  • Faunal analysis: can we dismiss unstratified material?
  • Execution cemeteries: an Anglo-Saxon and Norman comparison
  • Analysis of crouch burials
  • Georgian architecture and power
  • Constructing identities in early medieval Europe through cemetery evidence
  • How did medieval England’s punishment compare to punishment in France?

Classics dissertation topics:

  • Kingship in the Iliad
  • The Huns as ‘barbarians’: identity in Ammianus Marcellinus
  • Portrayal of the elderly in Hellenistic sculpture
  • Myths and monsters in early Greek art
  • Ancient magic in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The changing presentation of imperial women from AD 284-330
  • Huns, Picts, vandals and goths as ‘barbarians’
  • Comparison of Athenian and Persian 5th Century BC art
  • The impact of imagery of Alexander the Great on the Augustan period

Optional

Geographies of Money and Finance

This module explores the economic geographies of money and of contemporary processes of financialisation. Competing theories of money, and the changing landscapes of finance and the financial services industry are explored at a variety of spatial scales.

Spaces examined include the global financial system, the UK retail financial market, the City of London and the emergence of local currency systems. More specifically, the following core topics are covered:

  • Financial crisis
  • The history and theory of money
  • Financial services and financial intermediation
  • Globalisation and the international financial system
  • The City of London as international financial centre
  • Landscapes of retail financial services
  • Alternative and imagined landscapes of money
The Cultural Geography of English Landscape

This module addresses issues of landscape and culture in England from the 18th century to the present day. Key themes throughout include landscape and national identity and relations of city and country.

The module utilises sources including archives, literature, paintings, prints, poetry, maps, film and photography.

The first semester focuses on issues of landscape and Englishness since 1880. Topics covered include tradition and modernism; competing notions of heritage; the cultural politics of land; and questions of citizenship and the body. The second semester focuses on landscapes of Georgian England. Topics covered include parks and gardens; colonial landscapes; agriculture; industry and science; towns; and transport and travel.

Throughout the module the focus on landscape allows the exploration of key areas of cultural history. A one-day field trip to Derwent Valley is arranged, full costs will be provided nearer the time of the trip.

Quaternary Environments

This module considers the quaternary evolution, environmental and settlement history of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, building explicitly on material covered in Environmental Change. The focus of the course will be evolution of the present climate and environment of the lowland tropics and the interaction between the natural environment and human societies.

The module is based on a 10 day residential field trip to the Yucatan and project work associated with this. Full costs of the field trip will be advised nearer the time of the visit. The main elements are:

  • an overview of climate dynamics in the tropics, with particular emphasis on changes in the monsoon, the impact of sea level change and drivers of change from mid-latitudes
  • critical review of methods of environmental reconstruction, dating techniques and sampling methods (waters, soils, sediments)
  • archives of change relevant to the study area, primarily lakes and cave systems
  • quaternary history of the Yucatan
  • mesoamerican archaeology and cultural change in the Yucatan
  • exploration of the possible role of climate in driving societal change
Global Climate Change

The module covers the following:

  • A review of modern climate systems and forcings
  • Climate modelling, projections of future climate change and their uncertainty
  • Controversies around climate change, the argument between believers and sceptics and the ways in which climate change is communicated to and perceived by the public 
  • The impact of climate change on the world's physical and built environments, water and food resources, and human health
  • Mitigation and adaptation to future climate change including the role played by policy markers and NGOs
From Petra to Palmyra: Art and Culture in the Roman Near East

This module focuses on the variety of local cults and cultures in the Near East (modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Jordan) under Roman rule. We will zoom in on a number of localities in order to look at social, cultural and religious interactions between Greeks, Romans, Jews, Arabs and various other local cultures through literary, epigraphic, visual and archaeological evidence. In the great urban centres such as Palmyra, Tyre, Damascus, we will observe the adoption of the trappings of Graeco-Roman urbanism and public life (from peristyle temples to honorific statues) and their significance within the Second Sophistic.

On the other hand, we will explore alternative “pockets” of non-Hellenisation such as the lava lands of southern Syria with their distinct style of art and architecture in black basalt. ‘Oriental’ gods feature prominently in this module: We will explore their great sanctuaries (Temple of Jupiter at Heliopolis-Baalbek, Temple of Bel at Palmyra, Temple of Zeus at Damascus) in terms of architecture and ritual, and investigate their iconographies (Jupiter Heliopolitanus, Bel, Baalshamin, Atargatis of Hierapolis and myriads of other local gods). In contrast to Judaism and Christianity, there is a colossal lack of literary sources for these gods, and as a consequence, our understanding of their function and character hinges on how their worshippers depicted them in reliefs, statues, figurines and paintings.

The Origins and Rise of Aegean Civilisation

In the early 20th century, British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans’s excavations at the site of Knossos on the island of Crete uncovered the remains of the earliest palatial civilisation in Europe. Knossos, the home of the mythical king Minos and the monstrous Minotaur, became the landmark of a new culture termed as ‘Minoan’.

Based on a combination of lectures and workshops, this module introduces students to the origins of the Aegean complex societies from the late 4th millennium BC and to the rise, apogee and fall of the Minoan palatial, state-level societies of the 3rd and early 2nd millennia BC. 

The Archaeology of Anglo-Saxon England

This module considers the archaeology of England from the end of the Roman occupation until the Norman conquest. You will explore the question of the Romano-British survival and the formation of new Anglo-Saxon societies, evidence of pagan beliefs and the conversion to Christianity; on the development of town and rural settlement patterns, on the role of the church in society and on the Viking incursions and Danish impact on England. 

Themes in Near Eastern Prehistory

You will critically examine themes in Near Eastern Prehistory. The themes take you from the development of agriculture, pastoralism and sedentism to the appearance of the first cities, states and writing. Drawing directly from current research, you will use case studies to examine these themes. You will use archaeological evidence to understand how these developments are reflected in social, religious, economic and political organisations of the prehistoric Near East. You will attend weekly lectures and seminars. After appropriate guidance, you will take part in learning activities includes:

  • setting readings
  • presenting
  • running classroom discussions.

You will receive feedback on these participatory activities. You will write an essay for your formal assessment.

Britain in the Later Roman Empire (c. 250-450)

This module examines Britain in the later-Roman Empire. It is a fascinating period of prosperity, integration, and sophistication. Yet it is also marked by rebellion, civil war, and the sundering of the links that had bound Britain to the continent so deeply for so long.

We will cover from the crisis that marked the middle years of the 3rd century, to the disappearance of Roman power in the early 5th, and the rapid economic collapse and social transformation that followed.

You will take an interdisciplinary approach, combining archaeological and historical evidence, and will be expected to familiarise yourself with a wide range of evidence.

We will examine:

  • the political framework of the later-Roman Empire
  • the textual and archaeological evidence for Britain’s society and economy
  • the barbarian peoples who threatened and interacted with it
  • the question of how it ended up leaving the Roman Empire

You will also consider the integration of different types of source material, thinking about Britain’s place in the wider world in a broader context.

This module is worth 20 credits.

The Silk Road: Cultural Interactions and Perceptions

This is a discipline-bridging cross-campus module, involving colleagues from across the School of Humanities.

The Silk Road will be presented as a range of archaeological, historical and scientific themes. Broad cultural themes will be balanced with the presentation of specific case studies, such as:

  • The definitions of the Silk Roads
  • Byzantine, Islamic and later medieval Silk Roads
  • Luxury production
  • Trade and exchange from the Roman and later periods
  • Ming Dynasty links with the West

Scientific techniques for the analysis of materials, and their role in the interpretation of trade and exchange along the Silk Roads, will also be considered. This could be between, for example, China, central Asia, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

This module is worth 20 credits.

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9250
Per year

International students

£22590*
Per year
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

Archaeology

Many of our archaeology excavations are free but may require travel expenses. For example, for overseas excavations you may need to pay for your own flights, while others will require a training fee. You can claim back a proportion of your costs from the department. In 2017/18 students were able to claim back £20 of expenses per day of work within their field work; this figure may be subject to change in subsequent years.

Geography

As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles. If you choose to take optional field trips, the costs vary depending on location, but could range from £15 to £1,500. Please note that these figures are approximate and subject to change.

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 £1,000 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.

International students

We offer a range of international undergraduate scholarships for high-achieving international scholars who can put their Nottingham degree to great use in their careers.

International scholarships

Careers

The BA in Archaeology and Geography has been designed to provide extensive general training in both archaeology and geography. You will get acquainted with a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods in both disciplines, and you will carry out your own independent work into an area of your own interest. You will gain broad knowledge of human culture from the Palaeolithic to the present day, and of key themes and issues in human and physical geography and the study of climate and the environment. You will have advanced understanding of a range of analytical techniques and approaches, providing an excellent foundation for further specialist training or a career.

This course fosters many vital skills. Researching and presenting your work involves a high degree of creativity and you will learn how to be careful and precise in presenting data and carrying out analysis of a range of subjects. The course helps you to develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way in written, visual and oral presentations. Archaeology and geography are both highly collaborative, and by working in groups in the classroom and in the field you will demonstrate your advanced team-working and communication abilities. A degree in archaeology and geography from the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent and hard-working individual who is flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Geography and archaeology both have the potential to lead to subject-specific careers in conservation, planning and development, surveying and environmental management, or in the professional archaeological sector, heritage and museums, all of which are vital areas of the UK and global economy. Other career destinations include management, education, public relations, business and financial services, media, the law, journalism and the armed forces.

Average starting salary and career progression

75.1% of undergraduates from the School of Humanities secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary was £22,180*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

81.4% of undergraduates from the School of Geography secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £25,517.*

* HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020, using methodology set by The Guardian. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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Important information

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