Bradford University, Department of Archaeological Sciences
The Department of Archaeological Sciences has been awarded “excellence” in the recent round of teaching quality assessments, and is rated 5 (out of 5*) for research. It combines these two strengths to offer degrees with a unique blend of archaeology and natural sciences. We offer undergraduate BSc courses in Archaeology, Archaeological Sciences, Forensic and Archaeological Sciences and Bioarchaeology and a BA Archaeology. These can be done in three years or over four years, spending a year on placement with an archaeological organisation or museum. The Department has about 200 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students and 20 academic members of staff with training in Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Field projects involving undergraduate and postgraduate students are currently running in Pompeii, South Asia, Shetland and mainland-Britain.
What they say:
All Archaeological Sciences courses have an emphasis on practical experience, and are designed to develop transferable skills such as communication and IT, as well as provide a thorough grounding in what we believe to be the essentials of modern archaeology. Our success speaks for itself – we have a very high employment rate, especially in archaeology, for graduates from these courses, and our approach to teaching archaeological sciences is respected and admired world-wide. We also have a very high take up rate of graduates going on to do higher research degrees – usually in some specialised aspect of archaeology, but also into other applied sciences. All in all, we see our courses as offering challenging, but ultimately highly rewarding, University level education and training.
What we say:
Housed within The School of Life Sciences, courses encompass a wide range of disciplines and specialist areas, with opportunities for experience with professional organisations both at home and abroad. Bradford is the only UK university to offer a 4 year course option for undergraduate archaeology degrees, including a placement year.