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Undergraduate degrees

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The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for undergraduate studies in archaeology and cultural heritage in the world. It is recognised for the excellence of its teaching and student experience as reflected in its position in numerous university league tables and National Student Survey results, including 100% for student satisfaction

Institute degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner. This enables our students to build a degree tailored to their individual interests, whether they have a background in the arts, the sciences, or a mixture of both. A degree at the Institute demands time and commitment; it will challenge your expectations and develop a wide range of transferable skills.

The Institute is truly international in both its outlook and in its membership, with students and staff from over 40 countries. The variety of backgrounds, experience, ages and nationalities, as well as the vast array of resources and facilities at UCL and throughout London, ensures a rewarding, stimulating and varied undergraduate experience. The following sections offer further insight into what undergraduate life is like at the Institute.Our students are supported by over 70 academic staff, who provide a remarkably broad and deep coverage of many topics within archaeology.

Despite our size, we pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of individual attention that our students get. We are housed in a single building next to the main UCL site, so we have our own distinctive community life but also benefit from full access to the facilities of both UCL and the University of London. We offer a first class learning environment, including frequent lectures and seminars by outside speakers.

New students 

  • Acquire a wide range of transferable skills, such as teamwork, problem-solving and professional communication skills.
  • Combines academic study with practical hands-on experience through laboratory and fieldwork.
  • Offers the opportunity to become involved in new discoveries on field projects both in the UK and overseas.
  • Archaeology is an ever-expanding subject, giving all students the chance to contribute to original research.
  • Fosters creative and critical thinking.
  • Develop your writing and presentation skills.
  • Multidisciplinary subject which draws on a wide range of social & physical sciences, the arts and the humanities.
  • Archaeology is one of the most absorbing and sociable courses you will find anywhere.
  • Develop a multicultural perspective of past and present societies.
  • Develop an ability to communicate the relevance of the past to the problems of the present.

Read comments made by some of our recent graduates.

If you would like to visit the Institute of Archaeology to discuss Undergraduate Degrees (or any aspect of the application process / or just to have a look around) please contact Charlotte Frearson

The Institute is open Monday - Friday and tours can be arranged between 9am and 5pm - please do book a tour prior to coming in to avoid disappointment.

We do run several open days, in association with the UCAS application season (which include object handling sessions and interviews for entry), for Applicants throughout the year.  For more details on what these days involved please don't hesitate to contact Charlotte Frearson (Undergraduate Administrator)

Even if you have not formally applied for a place to read for a degree you are welcome to come along and see what the Institute of Archaeology has to offer.


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