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Undergraduate Programmes

Our BA and BSc degrees are designed to provide extensive general training in archaeology: you can expect to learn about a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods from some of the world's leading archaeological researchers. You will also have the opportunity to follow your interests in particular chronological periods, geographical areas or special fields of study.

Fieldwork

Our Undergraduate Programmes are extremely unusual for including 70 days of partially funded fieldwork (depending on the project chosen this can be fully funded or partially funded for both subsistence and travel costs). Students undertake fieldwork both in the UK and overseas - from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda to name a few locations.

In the first week of the first year, the 4-day Experimental Archaeology course gives you early exposure to a wide variety of aspects of earlier technologies and archaeological processes. It also provides excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to get to know each other, as well as the officers of the student society.

Together with the Training Excavation, in the summer of the first year, students develop skills and experience needed to get the most out of the rest of their 70 days of fieldwork, carried out throughout the Programme. You will acquire an excellent grounding in field excavation and recording techniques as well as experience of life on an archaeological excavation.

Programme Options

Find out more about our Undergraduate Programmes and the employability skills and experiences you will gain from them.

BA Degrees
BA in Archaeology UCAS F400  3 years
BA in Archaeology with a Year Abroad UCAS F401
 4 years
BA in Archaeology with a Placement Year
UCAS F403
4 years
BA in Archaeology and Anthropology UCAS FL46
 3 years
BA in Egyptian Archaeology UCAS F424
 3 years
BA in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation UCAS VQ48
 3 years
BSc Degrees
BSc in Archaeology UCAS F402  3 years

Diverse range of archaeological topics

The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of optional modules, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner.

Optional modules include everything from Roman Art and architecture to Pyrotechnology to Archaeology and plants to Human Evolution to Archaeology and Climate Change.


Experimental Archaeology

All first-year undergraduates studying at the Institute of Archaeology travel out of London to camp for several nights during the Experimental Archaeology Course (formerly known as the Primitive Technology Course.

UCL Archaeology Fieldwork

Find out more about UCL's Archaeological fieldwork, including the fieldschool (part of the 70 days of fieldwork - which takes in field work in the UK and all over the world) and work and life at the UCL IoA.

New to UCL

BA Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation graduate, John Bilton, shares his experience of studying at the Institute and talks about the great resources available at UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.



Current Students

Current Students

Visit Moodle for information for current students, including handbooks and key contact information.

New to UCL

New to UCL

Useful information for students still getting to know UCL, including details on welfare and study.

International Students

International Students

Find information on Programmes of study, applications, language requirements and fees.


Contact us

Contact the Institute of Archaeology Undergraduate Programmes Administrator:

Charlotte Frearson
UCL Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London
WC1H 0PY
United Kingdom

Email: c.frearson@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 1494


Undergraduate Modules

View all Modules at a glance. Please be aware that not all modules will be available on all Programmes. Please see individual Undergraduate Programme pages to see which core and optional modules are available for each Programme. Modules may also be subject to change.

Undergraduate Modules