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Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies This integrative programme introduces students to the diverse history of human culture and behaviour and how people interact with the landscape through the study of Archaeology and Geography.
Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies This integrative programme introduces students to the diverse history of human culture and behaviour and how people interact with the landscape through the study of Archaeology and Geography.

Qualification: BScHons

Faculty: Science

Study mode: Full-time


Archaeologist and Geographers at Wits are actively involved in research and the teaching of a broad spectrum of topics including archaeological theory, environmental policy, Earlier Stone Age archaeology, global atmospheric change, Middle Stone Age, integrated environmental management, historical archaeology, water challenges in Southern Africa, archaeological excavation and field methods, disaster and risk management, rock art management and advanced GIS.

Why study Archaeology and Geography?

Archaeology and Geography are closely integrated multidisciplinary fields that embrace evidence from a wide array of subjects from earth, biological and social sciences to history, anthropology, and ethnography, to explore the intricacies of our past and our relationship with each other and the world. Through these studies we can better understand what makes us who we are today and our historical and contemporary role in the world’s changing landscapes.

Why study Archaeology and Geography at Wits?

The Wits school of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies hosts some of the continent’s leading researchers in archaeology and human and physical geography and houses specialist laboratories in soils, geochemistry, GIS, and OSL dating. Our researchers have active field programs throughout the Southern Africa. These resources provide unique opportunities to engage with active research programs and learn career-enhancing skillsets for a wide range of professional opportunities.

Career opportunities available with your honours degree in Archaeology include:

  • Cultural Resource Management (after formal accreditation by ASAPA)
  • Heritage Management (including museum sciences, heritage legislation and policy management)
  • Municipal and governmental consultants on heritage practice
  • Research and lecturing in archaeology departments

The BSc Geography and Archaeology Honours degree comprises a research project, one compulsory research methods course and three elective courses (chosen from the list below). The research project must be supervised primarily by a staff member in the Archaeology Department. A student may select three electives from the list below – at least one elective must be archaeological.

Compulsory course – Full year

GEOG 4036A Research Project: Supervised by Archaeology 40 (NQF credits) 8 (NNQF credits) Full year (Quarter)

Orientation Week

GEOG4032A Advanced Geographic Research Methods 20 (NQF credits) (NNQF credits) O-week (Quarter)

Elective courses Q1

ARCL4027A Theory of Archaeology 20 (NQF credits)  8(NNQF credits) (Quarter)
GEOG4015A Geographic Information Systems 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits)(Quarter)
GEOG4027A Environmental Policy and Practice 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) (Quarter)

Elective courses Q2

ARCL4022A Archaeology of the last 2000 years 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) (Quarter)
ARCL4018A Archaeometry 20 (NQF credits) 8(NNQF credits) 2
GEOG4033A Advanced GIs and Remote Sensing 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 2 (Quarter)
GEOG4039A Local and Regional Economic Development 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 2 (Quarter)

Elective courses Q3
ARCL4016A Archaeology in the Field / Laboratory 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 3 (Quarter)
GEOG4044A Global Atmospheric Change 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 3 (Quarter)
GEOG4045A Disaster Management and Geohazards 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 3 (Quarter)

Elective courses Q4

ARCL4026A Stone Age Archaeology 20 (NQF credits) (NNQF credits) 4 (Quarter)
ARCL4023A Rock Art Management 20  (NQF credits) 8(NNQF credits) 4 (Quarter)
GEOG4042A Air Pollution and Synoptic Climatology 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 4 (Quarter)
GEOG4043A Integrated Environmental Management 20 (NQF credits)(NNQF credits) 4 (Quarter)
GEOG4034A Water Challenges in Southern Africa 20 (NQF credits) 8(NNQF credits) 4 (Quarter)

  • An undergraduate BSc or BA degree in complimentary fields relating to Geography, with a minimum weighted average of 60% and an average of 65% for Archaeology courses is required for consideration for admission into the programme.

This is a highly competitive programme and therefore this minimum requirement allows your application to be considered, and does not guarantee admission.

30 November 2021

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
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  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

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For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.