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Archaeoleg a Hanes yr Henfyd (BA) Part time

  • UCAS code: Direct entry
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Mode: Part time

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Entry Year

Why study this course

Mae’r rhaglen ryngddisgyblaethol yn cyfuno ymagweddau archeolegol a hanesyddol tuag at astudio Ewrop a’r Canoldir dros bum milenia [4ydd mileniwm CC i 11eg Ganrif OC]. 

Mae ein gradd yn datblygu eich gwybodaeth a'ch dealltwriaeth feirniadol o strwythurau gwleidyddol, cymdeithasol, economaidd a diwylliannol cymdeithasau o oes Efydd yr Aegeaidd i gwymp yr Ymerodraeth Rufeinig, gan ymestyn i Brydain ôl-Rufeinig a ' r ymerodraeth Fysantaidd.

I ni, mae ymgysylltu â phynciau cymdeithasol a diwylliannol yr un mor bwysig â datblygu sgiliau hanesyddol ac archeolegol. Byddwch yn dod ar draws themâu diddorol sydd â pherthnasedd cyfoes, o ryfela, rhywedd, crefydd, celfyddyd a llenyddiaeth i feddygaeth a gwyddoniaeth.

Byddwch yn elwa ar adnoddau sy’n cynnwys addysgu ac ymchwil archeolegol un-pwrpas , labordai addysgu ac ymchwil, offer arolygu a geoffisegol pwrpasol ac amrywiaeth o offer soffistigedig ar gyfer dadansoddi arteffactau, gan gynnwys microsgop electron sganio.

Yn ein gradd amrywiol, cewch wyth wythnos o brofiad gwaith maes archeolegol a ariennir yn llawn drwy ein rhaglen lleoliadau. Mae ein lleoliadau cofiadwy’n digwydd gartref yn y DU a thramor.

Mae ein gradd wedi'i chynllunio i'ch helpu i feithrin sgiliau'r archeolegydd a hanesydd. Byddwch yn meistroli asesu ystod o dystiolaeth ac yn gwerthuso dehongliadau amrywiol sy'n gwrthdaro weithiau i lunio eich dadl gadarn a chydlynol eich hunan. At hynny, byddwch yn ymarfer mynegi eich canfyddiadau newydd mewn ffurfiau ysgrifenedig sy'n fwyfwy arloesol yn ogystal ag ar lafar mewn amgylchedd meithringar.

Distinctive features

The integrated honours BA Archaeology and Ancient History degree programme provides the training necessary for students who wish to study Ancient History or Archaeology at postgraduate level and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who enter other professions.

Cyflwyno cais ar gyfer 2021

Subject area: Hanes a hanes yr henfyd

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The changing nature of the pandemic means it can be hard to predict future plans with certainty. Whatever the situation, we're making every effort to keep our students safe and give them the best possible teaching and learning experience.

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

32-30 points, or 665-655 in 3HL subjects

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.


Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.


At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English Language Grade C or 4, IGCSE English First Language grade C, IGCSE English as a Second Language grade C.

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Interview or selection process

As per Cardiff University’s admissions policy.

Tuition fees

Students from the UK

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £3,500 None
Year two £3,500 None
Year three £3,500 None
Year four £3,500 None
Year five £3,500 None
Year six £3,500 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £8,850 None
Year two £8,850 None
Year three £8,850 None
Year four £8,850 None
Year five £8,850 None
Year six £8,850 None

Learn about our tuition fees

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

You will need suitable clothing (e.g. waterproofs and suitable footwear) and sometimes accommodation (e.g. tent and sleeping bag) for field trips and fieldwork. The University has funds available for students experiencing financial difficulties in purchasing this equipment.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2021 and this page will be updated by end of October 2021 to reflect the changes.

The BA in Archaeology and Ancient History (Integrated) (part-time) is a six-year programme, with two semesters per year. The programme comprises core modules, which provide essential skills and training, and a wide variety of optional modules that allow you to tailor your degree to meet your interests. The course is structured so that you acquire in successive years the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment. 

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

You will study 120 credits in Year One, taking 80 credits of core modules. You will select your remaining 40 credits from another subject in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion or from participating academic schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

The first year provides students with a focused introduction to Ancient Greek and Roman history; an introduction to the archaeology of Britain and of Mediterranean Societies; and initial training in the techniques and approaches that archaeologists employ.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year two

Years Two and Three are taught together as ‘Part Two’ and modules are offered in alternate years to ensure breadth of options.  Over the two years, students must complete 240 credits of modules, normally 120 credits each in Archaeology and Ancient History.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year three

Years Two and Three are taught together as ‘Part Two’ and modules are offered in alternate years to ensure breadth of options. Over the two years, students must complete 240 credits of modules, normally 120 credits each in Archaeology and Ancient History.

You are required to undertake an independent study during Year Two and one further core module in Ancient History. An archaeology fieldwork project is a core Archaeology requirement of each year and takes place during the summer preceding that academic year (between years One and Two and between years Two and Three). This project is taught through four-weeks of student participation in archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

Over Years Two and Three you will be required to take one pair of complementary modules in Ancient History and Archaeology where the same chronological period is covered for either Greek or Roman society.

The optional 40-credit final year dissertation may be written on a topic that requires both archaeological and historical material or on a topic that uses historical or archaeological material alone.

Part-time students will normally complete this period of study over two years, taking modules worth 60 credits per year.

Year four

Year five

Year six

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment.

Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. They offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field.

Archaeological skills are promoted through a range of designed practicals and direct participation on fieldwork projects, including excavation, surveys, post-excavation programmes and curatorial projects in museums.

How will I be supported?

All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where you can access course materials and links to related reading and online resources. In addition to the main University libraries, you will have access to the Sheila White Library, which contains additional copies of books on Greek and Roman history and culture.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who is able to advise you on academic and pastoral matters in a confidential and informal manner. Personal Tutors meet with you regularly to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance, and are available for consultation at other times as needed. Opportunities for you to reflect on your abilities and performance are made available through a structured programme of Personal Development Planning and through scheduled meetings with Personal Tutors.


You will receive written and oral feedback from module tutors on your assessed course work. Each student is allocated with a personal tutor who you will meet with regularly throughout the year to discuss your personal development. Every member of staff has weekly office hours advertising when they are available for students to drop in for further support.

Students receive written feedback and a one-to-one tutorial on all their coursework assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations, seminar and practical work, and fieldwork. They also receive oral and written feedback from their supervisor on preparatory work and drafts for the Independent Study and Dissertation. Individual written feedback is provided for exams, as well as a general report on the performance of the class as a whole.


What skills will I practise and develop?

The BA Archaeology and Ancient History degree combines practical and research skills and encourages students to develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employer’s value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally. They learn to work both independently and as part of a team.

Students will acquire and develop a range of essential transferable and discipline-specific skills, including:

  • Intellectual skills - Such as critical thinking, reasoning, assimilating and summarising complex information and ideas, analysing and evaluating evidence, critiquing interpretations or arguments, coping with uncertain or incomplete data, constructing arguments based on evidence, and presenting them effectively in writing and in debate.
  • Employability skills - Such as effective communication through written reports and oral presentations, contributing to group discussions, working independently and in teams, using IT resources effectively, and time management.
  • Enterprise skills - Such as creativity (practised especially in the Independent Study project), problem-solving, initiative, and independent thinking.
  • Research skills - (Developed especially in the Independent Study and Dissertation): defining a project, formulating research questions, locating relevant information, and presenting the results in an oral presentation and an extended written report.
  • Discipline-specific skills - Analysing historical and archaeological problems, locating and using appropriate evidence and bibliographic resources, handling literary and archaeological material, analysing images, reading inscriptions, papyri and coins, and understanding the scholarly conventions used in relation to these types of evidence.
  • Practical archaeological skills - Such as fieldwork skills, illustration, photography, surveying, geophysics, GIS, dating, scientific analysis of artefacts, bones, soils and plant remains, museum practice and public outreach.
  • Language skills - The programme offers an opportunity for students to study Latin and Greek at beginner’s and intermediate level, and to read texts in the original languages.

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes. History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.


We offer workplace experience to our students through our four-week, funded excavation, museum and heritage work placements at the end of the first and second year.

Students are also encouraged and financially supported to attend fieldwork placements abroad. Archaeology students are also encouraged to take advance of the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) which provides summer placements for undergraduates in the University research environment. CUROP offers a stipend to support a student on a placement of up to eight weeks duration, working with supervision on staff-defined research projects.

There are also opportunities to work with heritage industry professionals (e.g. Cadw) as part of fieldwork placements or the Heritage Communication module and to gain further experience in working with the public of all ages via a range of initiatives (e.g. the Guerilla Archaeology outreach group, the CAER heritage project and the Share With Schools scheme). Finally, there are weekly research seminars with international guest speakers, a student Archaeology Society and a range of other events (e.g. conferences, Bushcraft weekends).


The Years Two and Three fieldwork projects are taken in the summer preceding those academic years. The Fieldwork projects are taught through four weeks of student participation in archaeological excavations, field-surveys, museum curatorial projects or other post-excavation, laboratory-based activities.

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HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.