Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation. The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, with an unrivalled range of specialist staff. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists. The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. The opportunity to participate in staff lead research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants. You share many of the same core courses in your first and second years as the Archaeology BA students. But there will be new second-year core courses for the BSc and the routes differ in the focus of optional courses as you choose courses with a greater (BSc) concentration on the scientific analysis and in the topic of your dissertation. The first year provides a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory. The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas. In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.
At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing. The extensive fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology. This is evident by the numbers of graduates who gain employment with archaeological field units or pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline. For others, an archaeology degree offers a strong foundation in law, business, the civil service, account.