Heritage and Archaeology

The study of heritage is vital for understanding our sense of identity and place. Heritage has widespread meaning; past, present and future narratives are interwoven with both physical features (landscapes, buildings, structures, monuments and objects), and more intangible practices based on oral traditions and living memory that enliven and enrich cultural experience (stories, traditions, crafts, food, dance, music and poetry).

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Key Facts



BA (Hons) Heritage and Archaeology

Degree Duration

3 years :

1 year pathway + 2 year degree


Pathways Available

International Foundation Year


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Our new BA (Hons) in Heritage and Archaeology draws on the University of Bradford’s cutting-edge archaeological research, where we are driving an understanding of heritage, archaeology and wellbeing, as well using innovative technologies to contribute to our understanding of the past and its value today.

The programme will span local, regional and global heritage, investigating new methods, and the value of heritage and for contemporary society across many cultural contexts. The programme is at the forefront of initiatives that recognise the importance of heritage and culture to future social cohesion and economic success by building a meaningful understanding of our diverse pasts.

In addition to vocational skills, studying Heritage and Archaeology will give you a broad range of transferable skills including problem solving, team working, and independent research, preparing you for a wide variety of careers, future study and research. We have over 40 years of success in delivering placements and employment with a very wide range of commercial and public sector partners.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

There is national and international demand for highly-trained heritage professionals. For instance, in the UK heritage professionals are in demand due to HS2 and the recent ‘new deal’ on infrastructure projects announced by Government to boost the economy post-COVID19. Internationally, heritage, and cultural resource management are growing sectors, particularly in the US and the developing world – notably in respect of GCRF development, particularly around climate change and palaeolandscapes.

The University of Bradford is a trusted brand in archaeology and heritage with our graduates in senior positions in the heritage sector

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies.

Your Pathways

The IFY will prepare you for the first year of your undergraduate degree. It’s made up of several core and subject-specific modules that will give you a greater understanding of your chosen subject area. The skills you develop through this programme will help you in your chosen degree, in your future career, and in all aspects of life.

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University of Bradford

The University combines academic teaching with industry expertise to create a learning environment and culture that fosters innovation and excellence. This approach helps you to develop skills and gain practical experience that is highly valued by future employers.

Formed in 1832 as the Mechanics Institute, in 1966 the University of Bradford became Britain’s 40th university. Over its 50 years the University has innovated and proven its excellence, more recently, ranked top 3 in the UK for work experience and careers and employment services and won University of the Year for Social Inclusion.

The University of Bradford is made up of four academic faculties with each covering a broad range of specialisms:

  • Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
  • Faculty of Health Studies
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences