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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology with Study Abroad

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology with Study Abroad Programme codeUFA4GOAGOA08
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Exeter’s combined archaeology and anthropology degree enables you to explore both the academic and practical dimensions of these fascinating disciplines jointly.

Studying anthropology and archaeology at Exeter offers you a unique experience of the many synergies between these disciplines, covering different aspects and subfields, including social/cultural anthropology, anthropological archaeology, and physical and forensic anthropology. You will explore both the empirical work that anthropologists and archaeologists have produced as well as the exciting theoretical debates that drive the discipline and have the opportunity to acquire a range of methods and research skills. You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary and past society and culture, through the lens of a broad range of case studies in different geographical and cultural setting. A wide range of options on topics as varied as food, human-animal interactions, prisons, social media material culture, human-environmental interaction, landscapes, and a wide range of geographical and period focuses, which will let you pursue your personal interests in depth. You will also have the opportunity to trace the human story from pre-history onwards and learn how human beings have evolved, adapted and formed societies in the past in modules in archaeology and physical anthropology.

Building on a firm foundation of both subjects provided in the first year, the programme gives you a wide variety of choice to follow your particular interests. On the Archaeology side, first year  modules will give you a solid grounding in the techniques of archaeology, and the key topics that archaeologists study in all periods, from the earliest times to the later Middle Ages, and also on contemporary issues around archaeology, heritage practice, and sustainability. Anthropology modules will focus on social and cultural anthropology. You will study fundamental questions about society and culture, investigating the rich diversity of human life across the globe. In the second year you will advance your grasp of archaeological and anthropological knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules, including fieldwork. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics. The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. This provides you with the opportunity to explore an area of interest and to demonstrate what you have learned over the previous years of your degree. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme of work fully reflecting your interests. Overall, this programme provides a broad, multi-disciplinary and dynamic approach that is grounded in substantial empirical work and high-level conceptual discussion. As you work through your degree, you can develop your own specialisation, culminating in a dissertation supported by one-to-one tuition.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

You will acquire advanced competence in core academic, personal and key skills, providing a basis for career progression in the academic and professional worlds. You will be exposed to a variety of teaching and assessment methods within appropriate learning environments, supported by feedback and monitoring. You will also be given an opportunity to develop your independent study skills through a piece of individual research.

The programme provides an intellectually stimulating, satisfying experience of learning and studying, and forms a sound basis for further study in archaeology, anthropology or related disciplines. It aims to develop a range of subject-specific, academic and transferable skills, including high order conceptual literacy and communication skills of value in graduate employment. This programme encourages you to become a global citizen, a productive, useful and questioning member of society, and provides thorough training for further study or a specialist career. You may utilise the skills you develop in a range of sectors, including heritage, museums, archaeology, consultancy, the Civil Service, education, teaching, research, and charities.

The programme is intended to:

  • Encourage graduates to become useful, productive and questioning members of society.
  • Provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment that is informed by research where deemed appropriate.
  • Work in partnership with you to produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of archaeology through a combination of both broad and detailed focuses on particular aspects of the past, study of a range of time periods, and study of different geographical areas.
  • Work in partnership with you to produce graduates who are grounded in the main themes of social anthropology through a combination of modules which develop a deep understanding of the diversity of societies and cultures, and can think comparatively and analytically about key questions and problems in studying the worlds of other people and our own.
  • Offer a structured framework of study which ensures that within the time span of the programme you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, whilst allowing sufficient choice to ensure that you are able to follow individual areas of learning.
  • Work in partnership with you to produce graduates who understand the various methods which archaeologists and anthropologists use to study past and present human societies; and who can analyse the organisation and development of societies and gain competence in dealing with the various types of evidence and the methodological problems associated with studying historical and contemporary cultures.
  • Develop your competence in the subject-specific skills required in archaeology and in anthropology through practical engagement with primary and empirical data.
  • Expose you to different teaching and assessment methods within an appropriate learning environment, supported by feedback, monitoring and pastoral care.
  • Provide a range of academic and personal skills which will prepare you for employment or further study, which will foster mental agility and adaptability, and which will enable you to deploy your knowledge, abilities and skills in their entirety, displaying balance and judgement in a variety of circumstances

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the following websites:

In each stage you will take 60 credits each of Archaeology and Anthropology. You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1

30 credits of compulsory Archaeology modules and 60 credits of compulsory Anthropology modules , 30 credits of Archaeology optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC1010 Themes in World Archaeology 15No
ARC1020 Essential Archaeological Methods 15No
SPA1000 Imagining Social Worlds 30No
ANT2000 Current Debates in Anthropology 30No

Optional Modules

Anthropology modules -

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Archaeology Stage 1 BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARC1007 Archaeological and Forensic Science Practicals 15 No
ARC1008 Forensic Archaeology 15 No
ARC1080 Archaeology and Heritage: Past and Futures 15 No
ARA1030 Introduction to Islamic Archaeology 15 No

Stage 2

15-30 credits of compulsory Archaeology modules, 30 credits of compulsory Anthropology modules, 30-45 credits of optional Archaeology modules (including HUM2000 and HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace), and 30 credits of optional Anthropology modules

a You must take either ARC2003 or ARC2004 (you cannot choose both).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ARC2003 Archaeological Fieldwork Project [See note a above]30Yes
ARC2004 Archaeological Fieldschool [See note a above]30Yes
ANT2000 Current Debates in Anthropology 30No

Optional Modules

Anthropology modules -

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Archaeology Stage 2 BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARA2014 Regions and Empires in Islamic Archaeology 15 No
ARC2118 Lords to Lepers: Medieval Social Worlds 15 No
ARC2124 Giving and Taking: Anthropology and Archaeology of Circulation and Exchange 15 No
ARC2130 Discovering the Past with Molecular Science 15 No
ARC2131 Palaeolithic Archaeology of Homo Sapiens 100,000-12,000 BP 15 No
ARC2132 Trading Places, Towns, Royal Palaces and Fortifications: Early Medieval Centres in Europe 15 No
ARC2400 Understanding the Landscape of Roman Britain 15 No
ARC2504 Zooarchaeology 15 No
ARC2512 Palaeobotany 15 No
ARC2513 Aerial Survey 15 No
ARC2514 Forensic Anthropology 15 No

Stage 3

120 credit compulsory placement module

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the Faculty Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HAS3999 Study Abroad (HASS) 120Yes

Stage 4

0-30 credits of compulsory Archaeology modules, 0-30 credits of compulsory Anthropology modules, 30-60 credits of optional Archaeology modules, and 30-60 credits of optional Anthropology modules

c You must take either ANT3040 or ARC3000 (you cannot choose both).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
ANT3040 Anthropology Dissertation [see note c above]30Yes
ARC3000 Archaeological Dissertation [see note c above]30Yes

Optional Modules

Anthropology modules -

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
Archaeology Final Stage BA Option Modules 2024-5
ARC3003 Professional Placement 30 No
ARC3006A Advanced Fieldschool 15 No
ARC3013 Practicing Archaeological, Forensic and Heritage Science 15 No
ARC3136 Advanced Fieldwork 15 No
ARC3118 Lords to Lepers: Medieval Social Worlds 15 No
ARC3124 Giving and Taking: Anthropology and Archaeology of Circulation and Exchange 15 No
ARC3131 Palaeolithic Archaeology of Homo Sapiens 100,000-12,000 BP 15 No
ARC3133 Digital Pasts 15 No
ARC3135 Trading Places, Towns, Royal Palaces and Fortifications: Early Medieval Centres in Europe 15 No
ARC3400 Understanding the Landscape of Roman Britain 15 No
ARC3510 Experimental Approaches to Forensic and Archaeological Investigations 15 No
ARC3512 Palaeobotany 15 No
ARC3513 Aerial Survey 15 No
ARC3611 Funerary Osteoarchaeology 15 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Archaeology - Understand basic archaeological techniques and appreciate their major advantages and disadvantages.
2. Appreciate the relationship between data collected in the field and its interpretation.
3. Identify the different roles of professional archaeologists.
4. Understand the chronology of archaeological periods and the main themes in European archaeology from early prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages.
5. Show familiarity with some key archaeological sites and finds.
6. Show competence in the various techniques of practical Archaeology and an understanding of their problems and possibilities.
7. Use appropriate archaeological terminology.
8. Deploy information from technical projects
9. Demonstrate understanding (at increasing depth, according to level) of thematic/methodological issues (increasingly complex, according to level).
10. Anthropology - A basic understanding of the extent and nature of human diversity and commonality as seen, in particular, from a social and cultural perspective.
11. an understanding of how human beings shape and are shaped by social and cultural contexts.
12. an appreciation of the relationship between local social and cultural forms in relation to broader global and historical processes.
13. an awareness of, and facility in, the use of the repertoire of key concepts, theories and methods of anthropological analysis.
14. a basic appreciation of the social and historical processes that influence the objects of anthropological study.
15. a well-developed capacity to question cultural assumptions.
16. an ability to recognize some of the ways in which anthropological knowledge and insight can be applied in a variety of contexts.
17. a good understanding of the ethical implications of anthropological enquiry and qualitative research more generally.
18. a solid ability to conduct research, within supportive guidelines, drawing on primary and secondary sources.
19. Present work in the format expected of historians, including footnoting and bibliographical references.

1-3 are developed initially through ARC1020 followed by ARC2003/4 and developed in increasing sophistication through options during the second and final stages.

4 and 5 are developed through ARC1010 and then through various thematic options in the second and final stages.

6-8 are developed through ARC1020 in stage 1 and in stage 2 through ARC2003/4, and ARC3000 in the final stage.

9 is developed through the optional thematic modules taken across all stages. The level of competence expected of you increases in each stage of the programme. Methodological issues are introduced through ARC1020 and developed through ARC2003/4. The chronological and thematic framework is introduced in ARC1010 in stage 1 and developed through many options in the second and final stages. ARC3000 in the final stage brings the methodological and thematic elements together in an independent research dissertation.

Anthropology will be taught in lectures  to introduce the discipline and these are supported by tutorials where lecture content and course readings are discussed. There are core readings to be done on a weekly basis and further readings in preparation for or as part of assignments and assessments.

Second and final stage modules (except the dissertation) consist of lectures and seminars which again will require both weekly readings in preparation of seminar discussions and further readings for assignments and assessments. The dissertation will be mainly based on independent readings under the guidance by an assigned supervisor.

You will only partly have prescribed readings and will need to find texts using the library resources including the electronic library. Further you will need to use the internet to source information and deploy that information adequately in accordance with a competent assessment of the nature of the source. Seminars and tutorials will require your active participation.

Archaeology modules will be assessed by essays, reports and/or exams and also individual and group presentations (ILOs 1-9). Exams in the introductory module (ARC 1020) put particular emphasis on ILOs 1, 5, 6, 7. Fieldwork reports in ARC2003/4 will focus on ILOs 1, 2, 3, 6. The dissertation module (ARC3000) will assess all ILOs.

Anthropology modules will be assessed by essays and/or exams and also individual and group presentations (ILOs 10, 11, 13, 14, 16). Exams, portfolios and essays in introductory modules will lay additional emphasis on ILO 11. The methods modules will also include specific assessment items such as mini projects and research proposals (ILO 12, 15) and methods specific written assignments (ILOs 10, 12, 15). The dissertation module (ANT3040) will assess all ILOs

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

20. Draw thematic comparisons between material from different sources.
21. Show awareness of contrasting approaches to research.
22. Judge between competing views.
23. Understand and demonstrate the different uses of qualitative and quantitative data, and evaluate their relative advantages and disadvantages.
24. Show clear awareness of the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
25. Think and write broadly about large themes.
26. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses.
27. Use a library, field visits and the world-wide web to find information.
28. Develop and deploy critical argument, grounded in theoretical frameworks and empirical data, based on professional standards of evidence use.
29. Identify problems of reliability and bias in, and more generally evaluate, evidence.
30. Collate data from a range of sources.
31. Reference sources accurately in written work, including use of the Harvard system in Archaeology and Anthropology.
32. Answer questions concisely and persuasively in written work.
33. Present work and answer questions orally.
34. Think of pertinent and intellectually demanding questions to ask other students.
35. Deploy complex terminology in a comprehensible manner.
36. Focus on and comprehend complex texts.
37. ANTHROPOLOGY SPECIFIC - 18 Analyse texts, visual material and other artefacts taking into account their cultural, historical and generic contexts.
38. Demonstrate receptiveness to cultural difference and cross-cultural variation and ability to see the specifity one’s cultural perspective.

These skills are developed throughout the degree programme, but the emphasis becomes more complex as you move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both presentation and class discussion).

In Archaeology, these skills are developed through a mixture of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, practical classes/fieldwork and tutorials. The assessment is made through a combination of examinations (including essays and gobbet passages for comment); term-time essays and oral presentations.

Anthropology: see above.


  • Exams: ILOs 20-30, 32, 35
  • Essays: ILOs 20-32, 35
  • Dissertation: 20-31, 35
  • Presentations: ILOs 27, 33-34
  • Projects: ILOs: 20-21, 35-36


  • Exams: ILOs 21-28, 32, 35-36, 38
  • Essays: ILOs 20-32, 35-38
  • Portfolios : ILOs 20-32, 35-38
  • Dissertation: ILOs 20-32, 35-38
  • Presentations: ILOs 20-23, 26-28, 33-38
  • Projects: ILOs 21, 23-25, 27-31, 34, 37-38

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

39. Undertake independent study and work to deadlines.
40. Use a range of basic IT resources (such as e-mail and the Internet) to acquire and manipulate general and subject-specific information.
41. Digest, select and organise material from disparate sources for suitably illustrated, clear and concise oral presentation and written work of varying length.
42. Evaluate own work.
43. Participate in oral discussions; present and evaluate complex arguments and ideas orally; digest, select and organise material for oral presentations.
44. Work with others as part of a team.
45. Interact effectively with peers and staff.
46. Undertake group work, including the presentation and discussion of material in groups.
47. Communicate and argue effectively, both orally and in writing.
48. Express and defend opinions on a wide range of current and abstract issues.
49. Plan and execute a demanding piece of work over a long time scale.
50. Adapt and transfer the critical methods of the disciplines into unfamiliar contexts including a variety of working environments.
51. Advance linguistic competence independently
52. Adapt to the culture and working practices of a foreign country

39 is an essential part of the successful completion of the programme, notably the Dissertation.

40 is developed through the requirement that all written work be word-processed, and through use of the internet as a general research tool in all modules. There is further scope for developing IT skills through options.

41 is developed through a variety of written assignments and tutorials throughout the programme.

42 is developed through appraisals and the qualitative self-assessment involved in completing cover sheets for all assignments.

43 is developed through group work and seminars, which form an important component of many option modules.

The skills in 44-48 are developed through interaction in seminars and in discussion with tutors about essay work, and in response to criticism both collective and individual. There is particular emphasis on 44 during fieldwork (ARC2003/4).

49 is developed through the Archaeology Fieldwork Project (ARC2004) in stage 2 and dissertation work (ARC3000) in the final stage (both of which work towards an end-of-module deadline).

47-48 are developed through optional thematic modules in the second and final stages.

50 relates to ARC2003/4 and optional advanced fieldwork and placement modules.

Anthropology: see above.

ILOs 51-52 are developed through the language tuition in stages 1 and 2 and in the year abroad.


  • Exams: ILOs 39-42, 45, 47
  • Essays: ILOs 39-42, 45, 47
  • Dissertation: ILOs 39-42, 45, 47, 49
  • Presentations: ILOs 39-48
  • Projects: ILOs 39-42, 44-47


  • Exams: ILOs 47-48, 50
  • Essays: ILOs 39-42, 47-48
  • Dissertation: ILOs 39-42, 45, 47-49
  • Presentations: ILOs 39-41, 43-48
  • Projects: ILOs 39-48

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Year Abroad are selected.

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120-credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA Archaeology and Anthropology with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BA Archaeology with Anthropology. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Archaeology and Anthropology have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study, whom they meet at least three times a year, and who are available for at least two office hours a week. Personal tutors also conduct a Personal Development Planning (PDP) interview in January when students discuss a pre-completed self-appraisal with their tutor, and agree an 'action plan' to consolidate and improve performance over the coming year.

Other useful information and student resources can be accessed via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE):, which has specific information on library skills, essay writing and research skills.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by


18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology with Study Abroad

19. UCAS Code


20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits


ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Anthropology
[Honours] Archaeology

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision