Institute of Archaeology


UCL Institute of Archaeology

Founded in 1937, the UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain.


Our Degree Programmes offer an unrivalled variety of thematic module options, both theoretical and practical, and wide-ranging fieldwork opportunities.



Our world-class research spans archaeology, heritage, conservation, artefact studies, theoretical and analytical work across a range of perspectives.

News and Events

News & Events

We host both specialist and public events promoting research, teaching and public policy debate on aspects of the study of Archaeology and Heritage.



Find contact information for Institute Academics, Professional Services Staff, Honorary Professors and Researchers. 

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to inclusivity and access for everyone and aim to create a supportive, welcoming environment.

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About Us

Information about our history, publications and our world-renowned Library as well as our management sections.

UCL Institute of Archaeology staff and students actively pursue research on a global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology. We offer Undergraduate, Graduate Taught and Graduate Research Programmes to UK/EU and overseas students. Opportunities are also available to affiliate students wishing to spend some time at UCL during their own degree programmes. 

Director's message to our students

Prof Kevin MacDonald, UCL Institute of Archaeology, with Downley Field School supervisors

Welcome to the UCL Institute of Archaeology (IoA).

You are now a member of the IoA with its long tradition of excellence and inquiry. You are also a member of UCL and will be able to enjoy the benefits of studying in a diverse, highly-ranked university.

I invite you to take full advantage of the unique opportunities which now lie before you...[read more]

Recent videos

View other videos on the UCL Institute of Archaeology (IoA) YouTube channel.

The Future of Archaeology in England

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Kevin MacDonald (UCL Institute of Archaeology response) 

The Future of Archaeology in England 

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Andrew Gardner & Vicki Cummings (UAUK response)

Heritage BA degree programme (UCL East)

Introducing Heritage, Sustainability and Society BA 

Heritage BA degree programme (UCL East)

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Careers in the Museums, Heritage and related sectors

IoA/ASE Seminars - UK Archaeology in 2023

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Alice Dowsett (The Richborough Connection Project)

IoA/ASE Seminars - UK Archaeology in 2023

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Simon Stevens (The Stiances Archaeological Project)
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