About This Course
This new course has been designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the past through both documentary records and material remains. During the degree students will split their time equally between learning and using historical and archaeological approaches to the study of the past. You will study a range of periods and themes spanning pre-history through to the twenty-first century.
Archaeology is the study of human societies and brings together different ways of thinking about the past through the analysis and interpretation of material and environmental remains such as artefacts, monuments and buildings. You will also develop a strong grounding in History, by learning the methods and techniques used by historians and studying particular aspects of the past, time periods and different geographical areas.
By bringing these two disciplines together in this course, you will approach the study of past societies and events using a range of analytical skills.
During the first year you will develop a strong foundation in both disciplines. For the remainder of the degree you will further develop these skills, whilst increasing the breadth and depth of your knowledge in the subject areas, culminating in working towards producing specialised work in the final year.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for History and Archaeology with Placement Year BA V13P. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' coures here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- You will often be taught in small groups and throughout your degree will benefit from individual attention in a vibrant and friendly environment.
- Research-led teaching. Our teaching staff are experts in their fields and teaching is informed by their research.
- We have experts in all fields of History from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, who work principally on Britain, Europe and the United States of America. Archaeology expertise covers prehistoric, Roman, and medieval archaeology as well as landscape archaeology and heritage.
- We have some of the best-preserved archaeological monuments and landscapes in Britain on our doorstep. From prehistorical burial mounds to stately homes this tremendous resource is an integral part of the course and used in our teaching through fieldtrips, practical workshops and excavations.
- You will gain practical hands-on experience by participating in field-work and post-excavation projects. You will be given training in excavation and recording skills, surveying, finds processing, soil processing, illustration, photography, analysing documentary sources and archival work.
- We place a strong emphasis on helping you plan for your future. Students can gain valuable experience through work placements (e.g. in the local archaeological field unit, archives or museum) and we recognize the importance of identifying and fine-tuning skills that will be of value to you in your future employment.
- We have built strong relationships with many local industries and national organizations, including: (locally) Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Menai Heritage Centre, Menai Science Park and Ancient Arts as well as (nationally & internationally) CADW, the National Trust, the National Museum Wales, The Royal Archaeological Institute, Archaeology Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Natural Resources Wales, National Museum of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries, the Society for Church Archaeology, Austrian National Heritage Agency, German Prehistoric Society, and the European Association of Archaeologists.
- Bangor Museum and Art Gallery houses the archaeological collections of Bangor University as well as the Gwynedd County Collection. This collection includes finds from past and recent excavations, and is actively used as part of our teaching during practical workshops – allowing students to develop skills in handling and identifying a wide range of artefacts.
During this degree you will learn through a variety of taught lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Field-trips to visit archaeological sites, museums and other places of interest are an important part of the teaching experience. In the first year you will have around 5 trips to visit local monuments. In the second and third years the field trips vary in length and nature and include local sites, as well as trips to elsewhere in Britain and Ireland. You will also go on training excavations and carry out other practical post-excavation work. Outside this time you will complete essays, analysis exercises, prepare for seminars and carry out research. Throughout the course you will be supported by teaching staff.
In the first year, you will be assessed through written work and examinations. In the second and third years there is a mixture of written work, examinations, oral presentations and portfolios - with a number of courses assessed through coursework only. The dissertation forms one-third of the assessment in the final year.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the History and Archaeology Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
There are no mandatory costs, but if a student spends £50 on books per module then it would cost £300 pa.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Travel to placements: Some basic travel costs might be incurred depending on the location of the placement. An average example would be 2 weeks, public transport, £40.
Extra costs might be incurred if students decide to purchase more books, but this optional and entirely down to the individual.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels (no specific subjects required but History or Archaeology preferred)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com
General University Requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
As a graduate with a degree in History and Archaeology from Bangor you will be equipped with a wide range of skills necessary to enter into a career in the heritage, archaeology or museum sectors. Past graduates have progressed into careers working for, for example, Archaeological Units, Archaeological Trusts, museums, CADW (Historic Environment Service of the Welsh Government). You will also possess valuable transferrable skills which are fundamental requirements for careers in many other employment sectors, including: the public sector, teaching, law, accountancy, management, and tourism.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you Study
The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities