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

It is clear that we are living through unprecedented and worrying times. Through all the upheaval of recent weeks, with the closure of the Institute of Archaeology building (and its Field Unit premises in Essex and Sussex), and our move to remote working, I have been impressed with how swiftly staff and students have taken to our ‘new normal’. While it was particularly emotional to leave the Institute’s Bloomsbury building behind, one in which staff and students spend so much of our time, not knowing when we will be back or see each other face-to-face again, we have quickly adapted, working collectively and collegiately, developing and undertaking innovative forms of teaching and research. (read more...)

Professor Sue Hamilton, Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology (April 2020)



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.



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