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

We are finally emerging from our third national lockdown following the UK government’s roadmap for the easing of Covid-19 related restrictions.

The UCL campus is open and access to our Gordon Square building has been arranged on a limited basis for now for staff and students to undertake further face to face practical learning activities. Our student fieldwork is also due to re-commence shortly, following national and UCL guidance and subject to approval of individual risk assessments.

The Institute of Archaeology Library is still closed (though click and collect as well as scan and send services continue) and we cannot yet welcome visitors back to the department but we hope that the end of this turbulent period may now be in sight. (read more...)

Professor Sue Hamilton, Director of the UCL Institute of Archaeology (13 April 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.



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