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Archaeology Undergraduate Courses
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Archaeology is the study of ancient and recent human past using material remains. 

The Department of Classics and Archaeology currently runs two first cycle degrees in Archaeology: B.A. and B.A.(Honours). Our B.A. and B.A.(Honours) courses are designed to provide a strong foundation in all aspects of Archaeology, including theoretical and practical methods used by archaeologists, as well as to develop knowledge in particular subject areas pertinent to the prehistory and ancient history of the Mediterranean. In addition, all students are required to write a report on their fieldwork experience that usually takes place at the end of the first year. B.A.(Honours) students are also required to write a dissertation of about 15,000 words on a specific subject. 

The various study-units are backed by the different specializations of the department’s academic members as well as other specialists from other university departments and outside institutions. Foreign lecturers are regularly invited to complement the expertise available in Malta and to enhance the international currency of the course; the latter is further guaranteed by external examiners from foreign academic institutions. As a result, graduates are accepted for post-graduate courses abroad on a regular basis, the high-flyers even obtaining prestigious scholarships to follow such courses.

The first cycle degree courses in Archaeology prepare students for a wide range of career paths, both within the world of archaeology and heritage studies and beyond. Classes take the form of lectures and seminars and the types of work required of the students are related to the objectives of each component of the course. Many of the skills learnt throughout the courses are transferable.  

Degree specific skills and competences: 

• Understand and apply appropriate scholarly, theoretical and scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems;
• Understand and apply basic fieldwork techniques, including identification, recording and documentation, excavation and sampling; 
• Interpret human behaviour across space and time at a variety of scales, including within sites and across landscapes;
• Discover and recognize the significance of material remains for underpinning cultural identity and nation-building. 

General skills:

Use of computer and information technology;
Accessing library/museum/archive and World Wide Web resources;
Undertaking independent study, research, and problem-solving; 
Produce logical and structured arguments supported by relevant evidence; 
Collaborate effectively in a team;
Preparation and effective communication of research methods, data, results, interpretations and arguments in written and visual form; 
Appreciate the importance of responsibilities in the field and in the laboratory; 
Time management.


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Queries related to the above courses should be directed to Ms Louisa Borg.

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Last Updated: 17 October 2016

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