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Archaeological Science

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning – including lab and field-based research projects. By completing these projects, you'll gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives to expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

In your final year, you’ll undertake your own independent research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and present your findings to the scientific community.

Complement your specialist learning and enhance your employability by combining your specialisation with a major or minor from a wide range of science disciplines. Or broaden your skill set even further by choosing from 46 minors in other study areas, including languages, communication, design and economics.

With a qualification in advanced science, you’ll be well equipped to progress into a higher degree by research and kickstart your research career.

Future work employment opportunities can be found in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, universities or research institutions.

No matter which path you choose, you'll be expertly prepared for the jobs of the future.


1 in Queensland for archaeology

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Historical archaeology consultant
  • Heritage consultant
  • Senior Aboriginal archaeologist
  • Project archaeologist
  • Historical researcher
  • Academic researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Curator

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Honours Research Thesis
  • Science in Archaeology
  • Sedimentology and Ancient Environments
  • Human Evolution

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