Peter Ginn & Alex Langlands (Image courtesy of Lion Television)

The Institute was ranked first for the fifth year in a row in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2016 League Table (published in May 2015) of 43 institutions teaching archaeology in the UK with a top score of 100/100 based on factors including student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback, staff-student ratio and career after six months.

Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. At the Institute we aim to give you the best experience throughout your degree, and the best start in your chosen career. 

Where Our Students Go: Career Paths Of Some Institute Graduates

  • County Archaeologist
  • Teacher Of Archaeology at a Secondary School
  • Assistant Curator of Antiquities
  • Head Of History at a Secondary School
  • Bone Specialist at a University Field Archaeology Unit
  • Educational Officer
  • Inspector, Local Antiquities Service, Greece
  • Artefact Specialist Within Archaeology Unit
  • Artefact Specialist Within University Research Project
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • International Heritage Organisation Officer
  • Museum Conservator
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher/Consultant in Exhibition Development
  • Forensic Specialist For Police Force
  • GIS & Mapping Technician, Local And National Heritage Organisations
  • Environmental Archaeologist, Commercial Field Unit
  • Geoarchaeologist, Commercial Field Unit
  • Freelance Zooarchaeologist
  • GIS Specialist, Egypt
  • National Parks Archaeologist, Usa
  • English Heritage Records Officer
  • Museum Front of House Officer
  • Exhibition Organiser, Science Museum
  • University Lecturer in Archaeology
  • Research Scholar
  • Oral History Recorder
  • Barrister’s Clerk
  • Business Partner
  • Traffic Analyst
  • Editorial Assistant
  • PA to Museum Director
  • Librarian
  • Quality Assurance Assistant
  • Auction Assistant
  • Estate Agent
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Computer Technician
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Civil Servant
  • Lawyer
  • Primary School Teacher

University College London Careers Service

In addition to the support you will receive from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL has its own Careers Service (link to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/)  which gives up to date information about jobs within UCL / Events and Recruiters and where to find further information on enhancing your skills both within and outside of academia.  This support doesn’t end when you graduate- you can also join GradClub (link to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/gradclub), a free dedicated careers coaching service provided to all UCL alumni for up to 2 years after graduation.

Institute of Archaeology Careers Facebook Page

The Institute has created a Facebook page to let students know of Careers events at the University of London and at UCL.  Please do feel free to sign up to the group for up-to-date careers information.  


UCL Careers Service Twitter Feed - which can be viewed whether or not you are registered on Twitter. The feeds provide current information on recruitment/careers events and workshops, the majority of which are free to students.

Careers Events at the Institute of Archaeology

Each year the Institute organises a 'Careers in Ruins' event at the Institute (open to both undergraduate and graduate students) at which professionals, the majority of whom are Institute alumni, are invited to talk to the students about how to get a job / further experience within the Heritage and Archaeology sector as well as exploring work in different spheres - such as Law, Business, the Civil Service, the Crown Service. 

Academic staff are also invited to speak about continuing in academia with information on masters courses (both at UCL and at other Universities) and further education as well as becoming a Lecturer in Archaeology or related subject area. 

The annual 'Careers In Ruins' event will held at the Institute of Archaeology on 22 March 2017. Please contact Charlotte Frearson for details of other events. 

Making good careers in archaeology - Dominic Perring's presentation as part of a conference on Archaeology, pay and training has recently been published online by the Institute for Archaeologists.

How to get into museum conservation

Interview (for Prospects) with Dean Sully

Tips on an Academic Career

Interview (at Brunel University) with Marcos Martinón-Torres

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