Institute of Archaeology



The Institute of Archaeology is globally recognised for the excellence of its teaching and student experience, as reflected in numerous university league tables and offers Undergraduate, Graduate Taught and Graduate Research Programmes to UK/EU and overseas students.

**Access to the UCL Institute of Archaeology building, including the library, during Term III, 2020-21, is for specialist activities by pre-arrangement only. Teaching for undergraduate and graduate students continues largely online with specific face to face activities being organised for relevant groups. Further details are being provided to students via email/Moodle. Information is also available on dedicated UCL webpages about the support available to students and staff at this time.**

Archaeology at UCL is ranked 3rd in the world by QS

Currently ranked 3rd in the world for subject in the QS World Rankings and 2nd in the UK in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2021 League Table of 44 institutions teaching archaeology, the Institute - which is situated within the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, itself ranked 14th in the Times Higher World Rankings 2021 - provides a world-class environment for students at all levels of study. 

Opportunities are also available to members of the public to take courses at the Institute, to overseas and affiliate students wishing to spend some time at the Institute during their own degree programmes, and to those students requiring preparation for one of the Institute's Masters Programmes. Use the links below to find out more about our different study pathways.


Our BA and BSc degrees are designed to provide extensive general training in archaeology: you can expect to learn about a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods from some of the world's leading archaeological researchers.

Undergraduate Programmes

Graduate Taught

The Institute offers a diverse range of MA and MSc degrees that, unless otherwise indicated, are all available either full-time over one year (twelve months) or part-time over two years (both modes of study commence in late September).

Graduate Taught

Graduate Research Programmes

The Institute is one of the largest and most highly regarded centres for graduate studies in archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain.

Graduate Research Programmes

Affiliate (Junior Year Abroad) Students

A Semester or Junior Year Abroad at the Institute of Archaeology is a unique opportunity to experience a world class programme in Archaeology. Unlike many Study Abroad programmes, you will attend the same classes as and be treated exactly like the Institute's regular degree seeking students.

Affiliate Students

Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma at the UCL Institute of Archaeology is fully integrated within the teaching programme of the Institute: Graduate Diploma students take a number of undergraduate courses and lectures, which follow the normal timetable of undergraduate teaching.

Graduate Diploma

Continuing Education 

Explore the past at one of the finest departments of Archaeological research and education in the world. The UCL Institute of Archaeology offers a vast range of courses (within our degrees), a number of which are open to the public as "Continuing Education" (CE) courses.

Continuing Education

Life at the Institute of Archaeology

Take a look around our world-class Institute. See for yourself what it's like to study with us.

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    New to UCL

    New to UCL

    Useful information for students settling in to UCL, including details on welfare and study.


    Open Days

    The Institute of Archaeology takes part in the main UCL Open Days.

    International Students

    International Students

    Find information on Programmes of study, the application process, language requirements and fees as well as student support.



    Studying at the Institute provides students with transferable skills valuable across a number of careers, not least becoming an Archaeologist.