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Archaeology

Based in a £3m purpose-built building, Archaeology at Southampton is a world leader in maritime and underwater archaeology. You will participate in research-based fieldwork around the world.

Our BA Archaeology covers world archaeology from the first appearance of humans 2.5 million years ago. The modular structure means you can build a curriculum featuring the aspects of archaeology that interest you most.

The BSc Archaeology applies cutting-edge scientific methods to these questions and more. It also allows you to develop your own interests in specialist fields and to take complementary modules in geography, geophysics and oceanography.

Combined honours programmes

The new degree, BA Archaeology and Anthropology mainly focusses on prehistory, the Vikings, and archaeology and society, as well as providing a sound practical knowledge of how to undertake archaeological lab and fieldwork.

Our BA Archaeology and Geography covers social anthropology, historical archaeology, and physical and cultural geography.  

You will study past societies through their archaeological remains and through textual sources in the BA Archaeology and History. Modules, such as one on the medieval period, may be studied from both perspectives, or you can select modules from entirely different periods.

Integrated programmes

The MA (Integrated) Archaeology is a four year degree which allows students to study archaeology in greater depth than in the three year BA/BSc. Students can specialise in one of four pathways and learn about the many archaeological methods and techniques employed by archaeologists. You will develop workspace skills and knowledge allowing transfer into the job market, or to continue on to a research degree.

Year abroad programmes

These four-year courses give undergraduates the opportunity to study for an academic year at a university in another part of the world. Destinations include Europe, Asia and North America.

BA Archaeology with Year Abroad
BSc Archaeology with Year Abroad
BA Archaeology and Geography with Year Abroad

Archaeology at Southampton

Our new three-story purpose-built Archaeology building is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, technical equipment, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and reference collections.

Science-based laboratories are equipped for extensive practical work with archaeological materials, while our Nick Bradford laboratory has space for 40 students. We have dedicated labs and teaching spaces for ceramics and lithics, computation, Palaeolithic archaeology, maritime archaeology and osteoarchaeology. Our computing lab includes high-performance workstations, geophysics, GIS and 3D modelling software, imaging and scanning hardware, and multiple LED screens.

The building also provides accommodation for the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, a government funded support service for teaching and learning in this subject area, hosted by Modern Languages.

Centre for Language Study

The Centre for Language Study (CLS), based at Avenue Campus, provides language learning for staff and students across the University.

Equipped with the very latest technology, CLS has a wide range of courses and resources. These include the Language Resources Centre, which is open to all students and staff of any level who want to learn a language as a beginner or at any point in their language learning.

Archaeology - taught courses

Archaeology at Southampton is broad, diverse and multidisciplinary, with strong links to other subject areas, including geography, oceanography, arts and the humanities.

The breadth of masters programmes offered reflects our subject, period, methodological and thematic interests. These include maritime archaeology, analysis of bones, ceramics and lithics, computational approaches, the archaeology of human origins, social archaeology and business and heritage management.

Each of the programmes offered within these areas functions as a discrete course, and they also interrelate with students commonly drawing on additional specialist areas from alternative masters units.

Archaeology - research

Archaeology at Southampton is broad and multidisciplinary, with strong links to other subject areas, including geography, oceanography, arts and other humanities subjects.

For the third successive time Archaeology at Southampton achieved a grade 5 in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. Southampton is one of only three universities with such high scores for teaching and research. Our academics are actively involved in research and we manage several research centres. For an introduction to our academic staff, see the staff section.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate taught courses

Postgraduate PhD courses