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Archaeology BA by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 26,227

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  • 1 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
This course will introduce you to key themes in the study of archaeology and enable you to further your knowledge of the wide chronological and geographical range of the discipline. You will develop your ability to draw upon appropriate archaeological theories, methods, techniques and concepts in order to develop your understanding of the past through material culture and other residues.
  • This course will introduce you to key issues in the study of the past through textual and material remains, encouraging you to reflect on the contrasting and complementary images that these approaches create. You will be introduced to two ancient languages and develop your skills in textual analysis and interpretation of archaeological information.
  • We will provide you with an intellectually challenging and stimulating curriculum that draws on the full expertise of members of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and our proven track record of delivering archaeology by distance learning. Our courses will enable you to gain the transferable skills necessary for successful career development or further academic study. As a result, our courses are highly valued by employers, who recognise the key transferable and subject-specific skills gained.
  • If you're interested in studying this course full-time rather than part-time, please contact that Distance Learning Hub on, or call 44 (0)116 252 2903. 

What's the difference?

  • BA/Diploma/Certificate
  • If you know from the outset that you can’t, or don’t want to, commit to a full BA, you can apply for the Certificate or Diploma only. Similarly, if for any reason, after you have applied, you are unable to complete the full BA programme, you can opt to leave at the end of Level 1 with a Certificate or at the end of Level 2 with a Diploma.

Levels and Qualifications

  • Level 1 - Certificate (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time)
  • Levels 1 and 2 - Diploma (2 years full-time, 4 years part-time)
  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 - BA (3 years full-time, 6 years part-time)
  • Perhaps you don’t want a formal qualification, but would just like to study archaeology or ancient history for interest? It's possible to study up to two Level 1 or 2 modules without registering for a formal qualification. Successful completion of an associate module will entitle you to a transcript formally recording your achievement and you may be able to count the credits achieved on that module towards further undergraduate study at Leicester or elsewhere at a later date.
  • If you have studied Archaeology at undergraduate level before, it may be possible for you to transfer the credits from your previous study. For example, if you already hold a Certificate in Archaeology, you may be able to enter the courses at the Level 2/Diploma stage. In order for us to assess your eligibility to transfer credits, we will need to see a transcript of any credits you have achieved to date, showing the title of all modules and the marks/grades awarded.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023

Entry requirements

  • Our distance learning Archaeology and Ancient History courses do not have formal entry requirements – you just need to demonstrate an active interest in archaeology and ancient history and a genuine commitment to putting the time in to study.

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.

Level 1

Full-time Year 1; Part-time Years 1 and 2

  • The BA in Archaeology is made up of three levels, with each level taking two years for part-time students to complete, or one year for full-time students. Each level consists of six modules, lasting 12 weeks each, with short breaks in between. Part-time students study each module in turn, whereas full-time students study two modules at a time.

Core module

  • Aims and Methods in Archaeology

Option modules

Choose five option modules from:

  • Early Prehistory
  • Later Prehistory
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Middle Nile

Level 2

Full-time Year 2; Part-time Years 3 and 4

Core modules

  • Archaeological Theory
  • Interpreting Archaeological Evidence: Material Culture and Environment
  • Field School

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • The Rise of States in the Old World
  • The Mediterranean in the Medieval World
  • Being Human: Evolution and Prehistory
  • Archaeology of the Roman World

Level 3

Full-time Year 3; Part-time Years 5 and 6

Core modules

  • Archaeology of Urbanism
  • Archaeology, Religion and Belief
  • Households and Families in the Past
  • Archaeological Practice (includes a compulsory laboratory course in Leicester)
  • Plus your Dissertation
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. You will pay this fee wherever in the world you live. 
  • Starting in October 2021, February 2022 or June 2022 BA: £19,005 Diploma: £12,670 Certificate: £6,335 
  • One module: £1,060

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