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Our BA Archaeology and Geography will equip you to study past humans and environments through texts, objects and landscapes. This programme teaches you how to use a range of evidence – from prehistoric pottery to marine sediment, temporal registers and geographical information – to explore the past. You will gain practical archaeological and geographical experience by participating in a fieldschool where archaeology and geography are brought together by situating sites within the context of landscapes. You will also acquire critical and analytical skills by studying and comparing data and methods from the two disciplines of archaeology and geography. This course is also available for part-time evening study over four years.
Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. This programme will enable you to study across two departments with world-renowned expertise in the ancient world and environmental studies. Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research. The unique strength of the Department of Geography is the breadth of research interests of our staff. This means that we offer a very wide range of courses in both development and globalisation as well as allowing students to engage with other disciplines such as anthropology and sociology.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates can pursue careers in archaeology, conservation, education, local and national government, planning, policy-making or environmental or development roles. This degree may also be useful in becoming an archaeologist, heritage manager, museum/gallery curator or higher education lecturer. Graduates from this degree have gone on to work with Historic England, the National Trust, British Museum, Museum of London, Cambridge Archaeological Unit and a host of schools and colleges. We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.