School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

We use an incredibly wide range of teaching and learning methods in our archaeology courses.


You'll take a variety of modules each semester. Each module is worth 20 credits. You can expect between 24 and 32 hours of teaching time for each module. 

All modules have a core of lectures and seminars. This is supported by a variety of other learning activities:

  • fieldtrips
  • workshops
  • laboratory or classroom practical activities
  • fieldwork

You'll also have scheduled hours for personal tutorials or group surgeries with the teaching staff.

All this gives you a wide range of transferable skills that will make you employable. These include collecting and analysing information, giving presentations and writing reports.

You'll learn to work on your own initiative, be part of a team and lead a group of people.

Lectures and seminars

Lectures provide key knowledge and a guide through the core literature and current developments in the field of study.

Seminars provide a forum for discussion of key readings or vital debates in the subject. In seminars you might give oral presentations or be introduced to specific types of artefacts.


Many of our modules involve fieldtrips. These involve lectures in the field at archaeological sites, in historic landscapes and at museums.

Practical activities are also a part of many of our modules. You'll practise surveying techniques and learn how to record and analyse archaeological sites, landscapes, buildings and objects.


Our students are assessed through:

  • essays and written project work
  • examinations
  • artefact identification tests
  • fieldwork diaries 
  • oral presentations to the class
  • final year dissertations

Some assessment is formative (eg most of the oral presentations). This provides you with feedback as you prepare a written report on the same topic.

Dissertations provide an opportunity for an extended research project. You'll decide the topic in collaboration with a member of staff.

Some projects revolve around written sources (books, academic articles, etc). Some draw on archives (eg of maps). Some involve field study or artefact analysis.