MSci (Hons) Archaeology

Why study this course?

Right from your very first week, you’ll be out working the mud with professional archaeologists, learning how to dig on live sites – this extremely hands-on course is split evenly between practicals, lectures and fieldwork and is designed to give you a wide general knowledge of archaeology, focusing in particular on the archaeology of Britain. You’ll spend four weeks each year on placement in the UK and/or abroad, working on live digs, making real discoveries and helping carry out cutting edge research – and continuing your studies and progressing on to the MSci will lead to more professional recognition in the industry.

Industry Links

We have links with a number of local and national archaeological organisations including Oxford Archaeology, ARUP, Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate, the Portable Antiquities Scheme, Museum of London Archaeology, West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Council of British Archaeology, and the Institute for Archaeologists.

Learning Environment and Assessment

At UCLan, we have extensive teaching collections of human and animal remains and a dedicated lab for the study of artefacts and skeletal remains. This allows you to wash, sort and analyse finds from the excavations as part of their research projects. In the same building we also have facilities for analysis and processing of environmental and soil samples plus advance cutting-edge scientific analytical equipment that students can use in their Master’s project.

The Archaeology degree is assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and practical work. Individual modules vary but over the whole degree there is a roughly even spread of the different types of assessment.


Our state-of-the-art facilities include a new archaeological science laboratory with areas for processing finds, a soil flotation unit, a dedicated bone lab for the analysis of skeletal remains and a suite of geophysical and excavation equipment – plus our teaching collection includes one of the largest anthropological collections of human remains in the country.


The key resource for all our teaching is access to a range of exciting projects. Generous levels of fieldwork support allow us to offer students an exceptional variety of placement opportunities. Recently our archaeology students have been digging at Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire; at various prehistoric sites on the West Coast of Scotland; at cave sites in Wales and Lancashire and a major Anglo-Saxon site in Cambridgeshire. We also have a robust Internationalisation profile, with students recently participating on archaeological projects on Roman Spain, a colonial cemetery in Mauritius, plus an ongoing long term project in California and a new project on the 100 year anniversary of WW1 on the Somme, in France. We also have a full range of up-to-date equipment for materials analysis plus geophysical and topographic survey.

About 10% of our students do some or all of their placement with an external organisation, usually these are museum-based but we have also had people working for other local archaeological employers. You’ll have the chance to go on a two-week study field trip to Kenya in your third year, a unique opportunity to live and work among the Maasai people and study the archaeology of their country.

UCLan Archaeology has a selection of international opportunities across the globe. Past projects where students have participated include California, Spain, Albania, Israel, and Mauritius. Current projects include Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology of California; the archaeology of the Great War, with fieldwork on the Somme, in France; and the archaeology of prehistoric Ireland.

There are more career opportunities available in the UK than you might think – according to the Institute for Archaeologists web site, the archaeological profession provides more than 5,000 jobs and contributes over £100m to the UK economy every year, in both the public and the private sector – indeed, in 2011 there were approximately 6,000 archaeologists in the UK working for over 200 companies.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

1st September 2017 at 9:00am


University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)


Full Time


MSCi (Hons)


Environment, Sustainability, Workshop & Practical Skills


Preston, United Kingdom

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