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Archaeology degrees in the UK

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Classical and Archaeological Studies BA (Hons)

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Archaeology and History BA (Hons)

Bishop Grosseteste University United Kingdom

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Archaeology and Anthropology BA (Hons)

University of Aberdeen United Kingdom

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Ancient History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

University of Leicester United Kingdom

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Environmental Archaeology F421 BSc (Hons)

University of Edinburgh United Kingdom

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Archaeology BSc

Cardiff University United Kingdom

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History with Archaeology BA (Hons)

Bangor University United Kingdom

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Ancient History and Archaeology BA

University of Nottingham United Kingdom

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Archaeology and History BA (Hons)

University of Chester United Kingdom

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Archaeological Science BSc (Hons)

University of Reading United Kingdom

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Ancient History and Archaeology (VV14) BA (Hons)

University of Liverpool United Kingdom

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Archaeology with Foundation BA (Hons), BSc (Hons)

Durham University United Kingdom

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Geography with Archaeology BSc (Hons)

University of Brighton United Kingdom

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Ancient History, Archaeology, Education Studies BA

University of Wales Trinity Saint David United Kingdom

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All Bachelors Degrees in Archaeology

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Study a Archaeology degree in the UK in 2024

The study of ancient and recent human past through material remains, archaeology gives an insight into human history and culture. It is a subject that significantly contributes to our modern day understanding of events, lives and societies of the past. Archaeology also adds to our knowledge of how communities, cultures and regions of today will be understood in the future.

An undergraduate degree will focus on topics such as prehistory, ancient history, archaeological science, field archaeology and archaeological excavation. Your course will cover all aspects of archaeology, ensuring you have a well rounded understanding of archaeology.

Your course will be delivered in a mixture of modes. Some teaching will be done through lectures and seminars. You may be given the opportunity to take part in some practical lessons during your degree. There may also be a chance to travel to an archaeological dig site at some point, giving you an insight into the real world of an archaeologist, as well as a chance to develop your skills and knowledge in a real environment.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. These specialisations usually focus on particular eras, regions or dwellings. Common specialisations include:

  • Greek and Roman Civilisation
  • Archaeology and Heritage
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Andean Archaeology

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation or complete extensive field work, you will be given the opportunity to further research and understand a favoured area of archaeology.

The award given for an archaeology degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. In the UK, it is most common to be awarded a bachelor of the arts in archaeology.

Generally, an undergraduate degree in archaeology will last three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree, you can either seek employment in your chosen field, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

Archaeological graduates will be able to choose from a wide range of career options. There are positions available in archaeological contractors, national heritage agencies, universities, museums, building developers and the heritage sector. You could become an archaeologist, a conservation officer, museum officer, archaeological researcher, or culture specialist.

An undergraduate degree will focus on topics such as prehistory, ancient history, archaeological science, field archaeology and archaeological excavation. Your course will cover all aspects of archaeology, ensuring you have a well rounded understanding of archaeology.

Your course will be delivered in a mixture of modes. Some teaching will be done through lectures and seminars. You may be given the opportunity to take part in some practical lessons during your degree. There may also be a chance to travel to an archaeological dig site at some point, giving you an insight into the real world of an archaeologist, as well as a chance to develop your skills and knowledge in a real environment.

Study in the UK

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