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History, Archaeology and Heritage 

UNDERGRADUATE SUBJECT AREA

Why Study History, Archaeology and Heritage?

Our courses will give you an academic understanding of the past, and through that, come to a far better understanding of the present.

The past can be exploited; it can be corrupted; it can be used to create myths, legends and to forge identities.  You will explore the evidence itself as well as interpretations of it to develop skills of perception and judgement.

Our staff specialise in the archaeology of Britain and Ireland, with some European archaeology. We offer modules which include Prehistory, Roman, Early Medieval and Medieval Archaeology as well as Landscape Archaeology and Heritage.

There are opportunities to take a work placement in a museum or at a heritage site which will give you real industry experience.

With key historic and World heritage sites on the doorstep, our location gives access to a rich resource of local heritage sites, monuments and museums. From prehistorical burial mounds to stately homes this tremendous resource is an integral part of the course and used in our teaching through field trips, practical workshops and excavations. There is the opportunity to gain practical archaeological experience.

Career Opportunities in History, Archaeology and Heritage

The strength of a History and Archaeology degree is its intellectual breadth and flexibility. This makes our graduates an attractive proposition for employers looking for analytical and lateral thinkers.

Studying History, Archaeology and Heritage prepares you for the workplace by providing academic skills and honing personal ones:

  • Communication (written and verbal)
  • Data gathering and Research skills
  • Critical thinking (incl. the ability to judge between conflicting opinions)
  • Confidence and flexibility
  • Independent and team working
  • Practical skills in archaeology (survey, excavation and the study of material evidence).

Our Research in History, Archaeology and Heritage

The exciting and significant research carried out by academic staff in our School plays an important role in making Bangor University a world-leading research institution. Our research spans a wide range of subjects and specialisms in the fields of History, heritage and Archaeology and includes:

  • The History of Wales
  • Welsh and Celtic Archaeology
  • Medieval and Early Modern History
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century History.
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