Institute of Archaeology


BA Archaeology and Anthropology


Co-ordinators: David Wengrow and Haidy Geismar

UCL has the largest and most diverse archaeology department and the leading broad-based anthropology department in the UK. They are located next to each other in the heart of London, within walking distance of the city’s major cultural attractions. At UCL, we pursue the big questions of the human past—how did our species evolve? what does it mean to be human?—and we relate those questions to the everyday problems and decisions that shape people’s lives. You can expect training in the full range of methods, theories and techniques from leading researchers in archaeology and anthropology, whose work spans the globe. Like other ‘Arch & Anth’ degrees, ours is built around a combination of archaeology, social anthropology, and biological anthropology. But unlike other universities we also incorporate a department of material culture studies, which takes seriously how new fashions and technologies—from mobile phones to denim jeans—are transforming societies throughout the world. We are also committed to understanding how the past is used in the present through a critical approach to the ever-increasing role of museums, tourism and cultural heritage in the global economy.

Our teaching is structured around a combination of lectures and seminars, in addition to which you will follow a specially designed programme of small-group tutorials that are tailored to your degree. These tutorials continue throughout the duration of your studies at UCL, and ensure close and regular contact between students and staff as you progress to more advanced levels of understanding. We have no particular expectations about your GCE A level choices. Both sciences and humanities are essential to an understanding of human diversity, and here you will learn how they relate to one another, regardless of your educational background so far. You will become directly familiar with prehistoric and ancient societies by using our superb university collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. You will also have access to laboratory facilities to develop analytical skills such as photography or computational analysis. And you will undertake practical fieldwork, so as to understand how archaeologists and anthropologists obtain information about human societies in the past and present. The skills that we offer are in wide public demand and have prepared former graduates for an extraordinary range of careers, both academic and non-academic.

Programme Structure

For more information on the structure of this Programme, including details on the modules available, please use the link below.

BA Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeology and Anthropology BA

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects.
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
No specific subjects. (more about contextual offers)
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
(contextual offer)
A total of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score below 5. (more about contextual offers)
UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

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 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

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.

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: www.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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU 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 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£26,740 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We use predicted grades, references, previous academic records and the personal statement on your application to assess your suitability for the programme. You should demonstrate your interest in studying archaeology aand anthropology and explain the measures you have taken to sustain your interest in the past. Evidence of interests and activities beyond the school curriculum will also be of benefit.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2019


The UCAS application forms are assessed by a central UCL team and the Institute of Archaeology.  The personal statement and predicted grades are used for assessment and sometimes extra information is requested.  

Once an offer has been made applicants, unless living overseas, are invited to attend a Post Offer Open Day where they will meet staff and students and will be able to see all of the facilities on site at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and UCL.

Additionally, the open day allows you to learn about our archaeological artefacts, meet specific tutors, tour UCL and the institute, and find out more about the degree programmes, resources and facilities we offer. Alternative arrangements can be made for those living overseas.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

Programme contacts