This degree offers all the flexibility of the Archaeology BA programme combined with the opportunity to study abroad. The third year of the degree is spent at an approved partner university in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan or the United States.
- UCAS code
- Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2018
- London, Bloomsbury
- Applications per place
- 3 (2016 entry)*
- Total intake
- 71 (2018 entry)*
- No specific subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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
- A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with 18 credits awarded with distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units with Merit. Or a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,D3,M1 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB-ABB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL is ranked the fourth best place to study archaeology in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017.
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, Plants and Archaeology, Human Evolution, and Archaeology and Climate Change.
The degree includes 70 days of funded fieldwork - both in the UK and overseas (from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda, to name a few).
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Archaeology.
- 73% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).
Core modules in the first year provide a solid grounding in the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.
The second and fourth years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing optional modules in particular subject areas.
Your third year is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where you will take modules and fulfil all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. You will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for your exchange destination.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Social Anthropology
People and Environments
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: The Deep History of Human Societies
You will select one 0.5 credit optional module from the following:
Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology
Introduction to European Prehistory
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology
Core or compulsory module(s)
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Interpreting Archaeological Evidence
Research and Presentation Skills
You will select 0.5 credits in World Archaeology
0.5 credits in Archaeological Science or Skills – an updated list will be published each year
1.0 credit of optional modules in Archaeology or a related subject to be selected in consultation with your Personal Tutor
Core or compulsory module(s)
Archaeology in the World
You will select a total of 2.0 credits from the following:
0.5 credits in world archaeology
0.5 credits in archaeological science or skills – an updated list will be published each year
Optional modules in Archaeology or a related subject, to be selected in consultation with your Personal Tutor to the value of 1.0 credit
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.
Fieldwork is a major component of the degree with 70 days of funded fieldwork being a compulsory element (fieldwork includes excavation / museum work / research and can take you all over the globe; for example, current projects run in Belize, Montenegro, Uganda, Wales, Spain, Romania and China to name a few).
Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500 word essays, is used to assess most modules. Most compulsory modules and some optional modules involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Archaeology with a Year Abroad BA.
Throughout the degree, which includes 70 days of fieldwork, students develop the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams as well as working independently in order to execute research. Students develop strong research and analytical skills and an appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience.
Students learn to communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences and develop a sensitivity to different cultures.
Our graduates go on to work in a wide variety of fields from archaeology (fieldwork, research and academia), heritage, museums, the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, business - the question really is, what can't you do with an Archaeology degree?
First destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from the Archaeology and a Year Abroad BA include:
- Head of Online Marketing, ATG|Chartwell
- Assistant Manager, The Geographer
- MA in Museum Studies, UCL
Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £25,960 (2018/19)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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.
Application deadline: 15 January 2018
All applicants under consideration are asked to complete a compulsory questionnaire, based on the degree applied for, which is used in conjunction with the UCAS form to assess suitability.
On completion of the questionnaire, unless living overseas, applicants are then invited to attend an applicant open day, where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.
Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas.
For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.