Institute of Archaeology


UCL Institute of Archaeology

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. Founded in 1937, it is one of very few places in the world actively pursuing research on a global scale in the archaeological sciences, heritage studies and world archaeology. 

The Institute offers Undergraduate, Graduate Taught and Graduate Research Programmes to UK/EU and overseas students. Opportunities are also available to members of the public to take courses at the Institute and to affiliate students wishing to spend some time at the Institute during their own degree programmes.

Coronavirus / Covid-19

Happy New Year to all of the Institute of Archaeology (IoA) community. We have now entered another period of national lockdown and while the UCL campus remains open, the Gordon Square building is closed, with limited opening for staff and research students only for specialist access as needed. The Institute of Archaeology Library is currently closed. 

While the start of 2021 is not perhaps what we had hoped for, and Coronavirus-related challenges are ongoing, please be assured that IoA staff continue to develop and deliver innovative forms of teaching and learning activities of the highest quality to our students.  The majority of staff continue to work remotely but are fully online (via email or MSTeams), providing pastoral and other support to our students as usual. Face to face teaching activities for this term have been postponed for now and we await further information from government and UCL Senior Management about when these may resume.  (read more...)

Professor Sue Hamilton, Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology (6 January 2021)



Our Degree Programmes offer an unrivalled variety of module options, both theoretical and practical, covering a diverse array of archaeological topics, and wide-ranging global fieldwork opportunities.



Find out more about our world-class innovative research, which spans fieldwork, laboratory analysis, conservation, artefact studies, theoretical and analytical work across a range of perspectives.

News and Events

News & Events

The Institute hosts both specialist and public events promoting research, teaching and public policy debate on the study of Archaeology.



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