BA Archaeology and Anthropology
The combined Archaeology and Anthropology BA develops an understanding of the relationship between archaeology and anthropology as subjects offering a uniquely broad perspective on human experience, past and present. It draws upon an unparalleled range of expertise in the analysis of social change, human evolution and material culture.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and the University Archaeology UK group (UAUK)
- Application deadline
- 26 January 2022
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
- 30 more about contextual offers
- A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, all from Level 3 units.
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
UCL is currently ranked 3rd in the world for archaeology in the QS World Rankings, and 2nd in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2021 League Table, with a score of 74.7/100, the Institute provides a world-class environment for students at all levels of study.
The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer a huge variety of optional modules, covering a diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner. Alongside this there are also a wide range of modules to select from in Anthropology.
Optional modules (which may not run every year) include Greek Art & Architecture, Zooarchaeology, Archaeological Photography, Indigenous Archaeology, Archaeology of Human Evolution (to name but a few!)
The degree includes 70 days of partially funded fieldwork (both physical and digital online fieldwork): destinations have included Belize, Spain, USA, Romania, Portugal, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Wales, Scotland, Uganda & Greece (to name a few).
All UCL Institute of Archaeology undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and Universities Archaeology UK (UAUK). On graduation students can become a Practioner member of CIfA (PCIfA), which demonstrates the skills required for employment in archaeology, heritage and museums, as well as a commitment to maintain high professional standards, attributes that are important for employment in many sectors within or outside of archaeology.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
The degree is structured around a combination of core and optional modules. The core modules ensure that you will maintain a balanced training in archaeology and anthropology throughout the programme, while the optional modules allow you to develop specialist skills in a particular region or area of analysis.
In the first year you will receive a solid grounding in the methods and theories of social and biological anthropology, material culture studies, and archaeology.
The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and anthropology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests through your optional module choices.
In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology II
Introduction to Material and Visual Culture
Introductory Social Anthropology IA
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: An Outline of the Deep History of Human Societies
All first-year modules are compulsory.
Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
Research and Presentation Skills
Introduction to Theoretical Perspectives in Social Anthropology and Material Culture
You will select modules to the value of 30 credits from Archaeology optional modules, 30 credits from Anthropology optional modules, and a further 15 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor.
Archaeology in the World
You will select 45 credits of optional modules in Archaeology or Anthropology, and a further 15 credits in Archaeology, Anthropology, or a related subject to be chosen in consultation with your Personal Tutor.
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.
Fieldwork is a major component of the degree with 70 days of partially funded fieldwork being a compulsory element (fieldwork includes excavation / museum work / research and can take you all over the globe; other recent projects have included Montenegro, Peru, Wales, Spain, Romania and China, to name a few).
Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500 word essays, is used to assess most modules. Most compulsory modules and some optional modules involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students.
Throughout the degree, which includes 70 days of fieldwork, students develop the ability to work collaboratively and effectively within teams as well as working independently in order to execute research. Students develop strong research and analytical skills and an appreciation of the importance of recovering primary data through practical experience.
Students learn to communicate effectively verbally, visually and in writing to diverse audiences and develop a sensitivity to different cultures.
Our graduates go on to work in a variety of fields from archaeology (fieldwork, research and academia) and anthropology, heritage, museums, the UK civil service and police, law, engineering, business - the possibilities are extremely wide and varied. Alumni have gone on to work for Consultancies, City Businesses and the Government, as well as Museums, Academia and Heritage organisations.
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“The Institute of Archaeology at UCL was really the obvious first choice. The staff are friendly and welcoming, there are loads of courses made available to undergrads as well as a variety of facilities, and it is consistently ranked as one of (if not the) best archaeology departments in the UK. ”Finn McLaughlin - Archaeology and Anthropology BA Third Year
Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK students
- £9,250 (2022/23)
- Overseas students
- £29,400 (2022/23)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate/funding-your-studies.
Fieldwork (UK and Overseas) costs can be partially covered by the department depending on the chosen destination with some of the fieldwork being fully covered financially by the fieldwork grants provided. Students normally cover the costs of their own equipment (trowel / tent / sleeping bag / boots / jackets etc.). Email Charlotte Frearson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a more comprehensive list of equipment.
A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
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