Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation. The chance to study a particular area of the world in more depth, to gain valuable skills and experience in a different and challenging academic environment, and to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of archaeology outside the UK. The UCL Institute of Archaeology is a lively and exciting place in which to study. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists, and has a strong sense of community. 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 Egyptology. Core courses in the first year provide a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory. The second and fourth years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas. Your third year is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where you will take courses and fulfil all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. You will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for your exchange destination.
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.