This programme presents ample opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge and specialised skills in particular aspects of international archaeological and anthropological research. Our unique emphasis on modern material culture exposes unsuspected links between archaeology and anthropology, the deep past and the everyday present. UCL has the largest and most diverse archaeology department and the leading broad-based anthropology department in the UK, located next to each other in the heart of London. 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. The degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. The core courses ensure that you will maintain a balanced training in archaeology and anthropology throughout the programme, while the options allow you to develop specialist skills in a particular region or area of analysis. In the first year you will receive a solid grounding in the methods and theories of social and biological anthropology, material culture studies, and archaeology. The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and anthropology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests through your optional course choices. 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, accountancy, teaching, film and a wide range of other fields.