UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
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BA and BSc Degrees in Archaeology
BA UCAS F400 | BSC UCAS F402
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.
As a discipline, archaeology prepares you for a wide range of future careers, both within the world of archaeology or heritage studies, and far beyond. The personal skills, analytical techniques and general ways of thinking are all highly transferable.
- Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
- 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 Egyptian Archaeology.
- The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in the UK and many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.
The Archaeology BA and BSc share many of the same core courses in your first and second year. The routes then differ in the focus of optional courses as you choose courses with a greater (BSc) or lesser (BA) concentration on the scientific analysis of findings.
The first year provides a solid grounding in archaeological and anthropological concepts, practical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.
The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and theoretical approaches, and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.
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, research and write up with the help of a supervisor.
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.
Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all students in archaeology.