BSc (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology

Why study this course?

If you are interested in the study of human beings; how we evolved, why we live in different sorts of societies around the world, and how we interact with one another and the environment, then this is the course is for you. You’ll be able to combine cultural and biological anthropology and archaeology to study human cultures from the present day back to the evolutionary origins of humanity. The subjects are supported by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, teaching collections and generous fieldwork funding to ensure that teaching on the degree is research informed, practical and genuinely international in outlook. Staff and students have been involved in fieldwork research and teaching all over the UK, and in Albania, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Libya, Mauritius, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United States

Industry Links

The archaeology and anthropology staff at UCLan have excellent contacts within the professional and commercial sector. You will work alongside professionals both in the field and in lectures. These include consulting anthropologists and radiographers, archaeological consultants, conservators, museum staff, curatorial archaeologists and archaeological contractors. Our focus on employability means that we ensure that the skills you learn are transferable and relevant.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Archaeology and anthropology are both taught within the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences. We have been teaching both disciplines for over 10 years. The School is located within two purpose built buildings on the Preston Campus with outstanding facilities for multi-disciplinary science and research. These include four specialist laboratories for teaching and research in anthropology and archaeology and first class teaching collections of human and animal bone and archaeological artefacts.

We also have the unique TRACES outdoor taphonomic research centre. Field teaching is a core part of both disciplines. Generous university funding ensures that we are able to offer all students international experience as part of this teaching. The School has state-of-the-art geophysical and topographic survey equipment. As part of our strong commitment to employability, staff from professional and governmental organisations teach on many of our modules.

Assessment will be through a mixture of written coursework, assessed practical exercises and examinations. Examinations will comprise no more than 30% of the overall assessment of the degree.


UCLan archaeology graduates work for a number of different contracting archaeological organisations. Others are employed in museums or are doing research degrees at a variety of UK universities. Some have used the transferable skills they gained on their degree to enter graduate level employment in other areas of work or to undergo further training to work in careers such as teaching. Nationally a high proportion of anthropology graduates work in the public and not-for-profit sectors, all branches of the Civil Service, local government, charities, central government bodies, universities, international organisations, museums and voluntary organisations. Anthropology graduates also pursue roles in advertising, sales and marketing, positions in museums, conservation, and heritage management and careers related to health and social work.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

1st September 2017 at 9:00am


University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)


Full Time




Environment, Sustainability, Workshop & Practical Skills


Preston, United Kingdom

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