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In July I graduate after four years of studying Archaeological Sciences and I can honestly say that my time in Bradford has been some of the most enjoyable in my life.
The department of Archaeological Sciences is unique in Europe for its integration of science and archaeology. The department offers five undergraduate degree programs, BSc Archaeology, BSc Archaeological Sciences, BSc BioArchaeology, BSc GeoArchaeology and BSc Geography and Archaeology. The course structure is well balanced allowing students a wide range of module options (a full list can be found on the departments webpage). At the end of the first year all students go on a compulsory field work project for a minimum of three weeks, although in practice many students go for considerably longer than this. Current fieldwork projects include excavations of an Iron Age Broch in the Shetland Islands, Pompeii and the Malham Hunter and Gatherer Project in North Yorkshire.
The real benefit of studying at Bradford is unparalleled experience an undergraduate student can gain on the placement year. All students on the four year degree program spend between 9 and 14 months working in industry between the second and final years. Placements are available in a wide range of organisations allowing students to gain experience in field excavation and survey, archaeological illustration, geophysics, aerial survey, sites and monuments work, cultural heritage management, education and archaeology, forensic studies and biological anthropology, post-excavation analysis and a wide variety of laboratory work. Completion of the placement year leads to a Diploma in Professional Archaeological Studies. It is also possible to do a straight three year degree with no placement.
The department has an excellent rating in the recent teaching quality assessment for its teaching and a '5' rating for research in the past two RAE exercises.
Bradford is a cheap, cheerful place to live. There are some stunning buildings in the city (the Waterstones in the city centre has been described as the most beautiful bookshop in the country). Areas of the city centre such as Little Germany have the highest concentration of listed buildings in the UK. The city also boasts a world heritage site in the form of the model village of Saltaire. The large mill the village is centred around now contains galleries containing many original David Hockney works, cafes, bookshops and a range of other craft shops. The night life is good and expanding. The only real disadvantage is the lack of live bands playing in the city. Any taste that Bradford cannot serve can be met by Leeds, a £1.30 train ride away.
Curries are plentiful, cheap and quite possibly the best in the country (a meal costs around £5).
The city is good place to live with the majority of the campus being only 10 minutes walk from the city centre. There is a very low crime rate for a city of this size, especially when compared to cities like Nottingham which have been rated the most violent in the country.
The University of Bradford is a good solid institution with some very highly rated departments and courses. I do not hesitate in recommending it.
Written by Anonymous on 16th Oct 2007