Archaeology BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom
Archaeology BA
Next enrollment cycle January 2025 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 3,784,252
Course Accredited By NA
3 Years On Campus Undergraduate Degree

Our Archaeology BA will enhance your understanding of the diverse societies of the past through the traces they have left in the form of material objects and texts. We will cover material from the first use of stone tools 3.3 million years ago to the present day.

  • Leicester is world-famous for our discovery of Richard III, and you’ll benefit from working alongside academics who have made incredible finds.
  • Practical experience is a key part of the course. You will participate in excavations and learn various fieldwork techniques throughout your degree to equip you with the skills and knowledge to interpret what you unearth. You will have the opportunity to gain experience with local heritage organisations, schools and our professional archaeological unit through Year 2 and 3 module placements, and our accredited internship programme.
  • You will have the chance to study a diverse range of topics during your time here. Our academic staff have particular expertise in Roman archaeology, prehistory, historical archaeology, heritage, archaeological theory and archaeological sciences, as well as all aspects of Classical (Greek and Roman) history.
  • Our degrees provide transferable skills in communication, presentation, critical analysis and teamwork. This will be critical for your future career, whether it is in archaeological studies or in one of the wide range of professions that attract our graduates. It doesn't matter if you have little or no previous experience in archaeology; we have designed our courses for maximum flexibility. This allows you to choose how you want to specialise or diversify as your knowledge and understanding develop.
  • At the end of your first year you can choose to transfer to the Archaeology BSc.


  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2025

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. Two AS-levels can be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies or Critical Thinking accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBC at A-Level EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Diploma with 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM.
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • You will study the archaeological past from the origins of the human species to the 20th century, learning the aims and methods of archaeology along the way. You will also gain practical experience in a wide variety of archaeological skills and be able to take part in a local archaeological fieldschool. Recently we have run fabulous fieldschools at Bradgate Park,with archaeological sites from the Mesolithic to the historic period, including the Tudor mansion of Lady Jane Grey (England's nine-day Queen), and the Iron Age Hillfort of Burrough Hill.

Core modules

  • Archaeology: The Essentials
  • Debates in Archaeological Heritage
  • Making Sense of the Past (Critical Thinking in Archaeology)
  • Practical Aims and Methods in Archaeology
  • Thinking Through Things
  • Using Archaeological Evidence
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology BC
  • An Introduction to World Archaeology AD

Year 2

  • During your second year, you will study core modules in fieldwork, heritage skills and archaeological theory. The Heritage Skills module will enable you to gain experience of the heritage sector. In addition you will be able to choose five option modules covering different archaeological periods and specialisms. At the end of your second year, you will undertake fieldwork on either a University of Leicester project or a project of your choice anywhere in the world (subject to approval).

Core modules

  • Fieldwork 1
  • Heritage Skills
  • Theory and Archaeology

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • Archaeological Survey and Geomatics
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Living in Towns: Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age of Britain and Ireland

Plus two option modules from:

  • Artefact Analysis
  • Celts, Britons and Barbarians: Iron Age Europe in context
  • The Medieval Mediterranean World

Final Year

  • This is the chance for you to specialise in a topic that interests you for your dissertation. In addition, you will take a module in advanced archaeological fieldwork, plus option modules in a variety of subjects.

Core modules

  • Fieldwork 2
  • Archaeology Dissertation

Option modules

  • Choose two option modules from:
  • Households and Domesticity in the Ancient World 
  • Early Christian Europe
  • Archaeozoology (double module)
  • Warfare, Conflict and Violence in the Human Past
  • Archaeology of Islamic Societies
  • South Asian Archaeology and Heritage
  • Plus two option modules from:
  • Archaeology and Ancient History in Education
  • The Archaeology of Colonialism in the Americas
  • Plants and People
  • Power and Difference in the Past
  • Greek and Roman Art
  • The Roman Labyrinth: Crete under the Emperors

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

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