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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Key Facts

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Prospectus subject entries

Archaeology and Anthropology

Prospectus faculty entry

Social and Historical Sciences

Archaeology and Anthropology BA

UCAS Code: FL46

The combined Archaeology and Anthropology BA develops an understanding of the relationship between archaeology and anthropology as subjects offering a uniquely broad perspective on human experience, past and present. It draws upon an unparalleled range of expertise in the analysis of social change, human evolution and material culture.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • This programme presents ample opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge and specialised skills in particular aspects of international archaeological and anthropological research.
  • Our unique emphasis on modern material culture exposes unsuspected links between archaeology and anthropology, the deep past and the everyday present.
  • UCL has the largest and most diverse archaeology department and the leading broad-based anthropology department in the UK, located next to each other in the heart of London.
  • The opportunity to participate in staff lead research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

The degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. The core courses ensure that you will maintain a balanced training in archaeology and anthropology throughout the programme, while the options allow you to develop specialist skills in a particular region or area of analysis.

In the first year you will receive a solid grounding in the methods and theories of social and biological anthropology, material culture studies, and archaeology.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and anthropology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests through your optional course choices.

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 with the help of a supervisor.

Your Learning

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.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Introduction to Archaeology
Field Methods
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: An Outline of the Deep History of Human Societies
Introductory Social Anthropology IA
Introduction to Material and Visual Culture
Introduction to Biological Anthropology II

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Research and Presentation Skills
Introduction to Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology and Material Culture

Optional courses

You will select 1.0 credits from Archaeology options, 1.0 credits from Anthropology options, and a further 0.5 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Applied Fieldwork Portfolio
Archaeology in the World

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits of options in Archaeology or Anthropology, and a further 0.5 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

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.


The first cohort of students admitted to this programme will graduate in 2012. First destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) from the Archaeology BA include:

  • Field Archaeologist, Museum of London (2011)
  • Archaeologist, British Institute of Archaeology (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Rome and its Neighbours at the University of Leicester (2010)
  • Full-time student, MA in Principles of Conservation (Archaeology) at UCL (2009)
  • Full-time student, MA in Museum Studies at UCL (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


Unless living overseas, all applicants under consideration are invited to attend a short, informal interview at an applicant open day. The interview is used to assess your motivation to study the programme and your ability to formulate opinions on relevant topics.

Additionally, the open day allows you to meet tutors and current students, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. A telephone interview will be arranged for candidates resident overseas.

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