Institute of Archaeology


Undergraduate Programmes

Our accredited BA and BSc degrees are designed to provide extensive general training in archaeology from some of the world's leading archaeological researchers.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology was one of 7 universities to be included in the first cohort of archaeology departments to be awarded CIfA accreditation. Our undergraduate students learn about a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods and also have the opportunity to follow their interests in particular chronological periods, geographical areas or special fields of study. 


Our Undergraduate Programmes are extremely unusual for including 70 days of partially funded fieldwork (depending on the project chosen this can be fully funded or partially funded for both subsistence and travel costs). Students undertake fieldwork both in the UK and overseas - from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda to name a few locations.

In the first week of the first year, the 4-day Experimental Archaeology course gives you early exposure to a wide variety of aspects of earlier technologies and archaeological processes. It also provides excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to get to know each other, as well as the officers of the student society.

Together with the Training Excavation, in the summer of the first year, students develop skills and experience needed to get the most out of the rest of their 70 days of fieldwork, carried out throughout the Programme. You will acquire an excellent grounding in field excavation and recording techniques as well as experience of life on an archaeological excavation.

Programme Options

Find out more about our Undergraduate Programmes and the employability skills and experiences you will gain from them via the links to the UCL Undergraduate Prospectus below

BA Degrees

Archaeology BA


 3 years

Archaeology with a Year Abroad BA


 4 years

Archaeology with a Placement Year BA


 4 years

Archaeology and Anthropology BA


 3 years

Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan BA


 3 years

Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA


 3 years

*New* Heritage, Sustainability and Society BA (UCL East)


 3 years

BSc Degrees

Archaeology BSc


 3 years


Diverse range of archaeological topics

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 Archaeometallurgy and from Archaeology and Plants to Human Evolution and the Archaeology of Mesoamerica.

Undergraduate Modules

View all Modules at a glance. Please be aware that not all modules will be available on all Programmes. Please see individual Undergraduate Programme pages to see which core and optional modules are available for each Programme. Modules may also be subject to change.

Undergraduate modules

Experimental Archaeology

All first-year undergraduates studying at the Institute of Archaeology travel out of London to camp for several nights during the Experimental Archaeology Course.

UCL Archaeology Fieldwork

Find out more about UCL's Archaeological fieldwork, including the fieldschool (part of the 70 days of fieldwork - which takes in field work in the UK and all over the world) and work and life at the UCL IoA.

New to UCL

BA Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation graduate, John Bilton, shares his experience of studying at the Institute and talks about the great resources available at UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

Current Students


Visit Moodle for information for current students, including handbooks and key contact information.

New to UCL


Useful information for students still getting to know UCL, including details on welfare and study.

International Students


Find information on Programmes of study, applications, language requirements and fees.

Contact us

Contact the Institute of Archaeology Undergraduate Programmes Administrator:

Charlotte Frearson
UCL Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Email: c.frearson@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 1494