UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
+44 (0)20 7679 1494
Undergraduate learning at the IoA
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for undergraduate studies in archaeology and cultural heritage in the world. It is recognised for the excellence of its teaching and student experience as reflected in its position in numerous university league tables and National Student Survey results, including 100% for student satisfaction.
Institute degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner. This enables our students to build a degree tailored to their individual interests, whether they have a background in the arts, the sciences, or a mixture of both. A degree at the Institute demands time and commitment; it will challenge your expectations and develop a wide range of transferable skills.
Institute is truly international in both its outlook and in its membership,
with students and staff from over 40 countries. The variety of backgrounds,
experience, ages and nationalities, as well as the vast array of resources and
facilities at UCL and throughout London,
ensures a rewarding, stimulating and varied undergraduate experience. The
following sections offer further insight into what undergraduate life is like
at the Institute.Our students are supported by
over 70 academic staff, who provide a remarkably broad and deep coverage of
Despite our size, we pride ourselves on the quality and quantity of individual attention that our students get. We are housed in a single building next to the main UCL site, so we have our own distinctive community life but also benefit from full access to the facilities of both UCL and the University of London. We offer a first class learning environment, including frequent lectures and seminars by outside speakers.
- UCL web resources for new students
- Follow #uclfreshers and #ioaprimtech13 on Twitter
- Read more about the UCLU Welcome Fair for new students on Storify here»
Visiting the Institute & Open Days
If you would like to visit the Institute of Archaeology to discuss Undergraduate Degrees (or any aspect of the application process / or just to have a look around) please contact Charlotte Frearson.
The Institute is open Monday - Friday and tours can be arranged between 9am and 5pm - please do book a tour prior to coming in to avoid disappointment.
We do run several open days, in association with the UCAS application season (which include object handling sessions and interviews for entry), for Applicants throughout the year. For more details on what these days involved please don't hesitate to contact Charlotte Frearson.
Even if you have not formally applied for a place to read for a degree you are welcome to come along and see what the Institute of Archaeology has to offer.
Read comments made by some of our recent graduates.