BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad


The Institute of Archaeology UCL offers a four-year degree, entitled BA Archaeology with a Year Abroad (BA AWAYA). The degree entails Years 1, 2 and 4 spent at UCL, taking courses and producing a dissertation in Year 4, similar to existing three-year BA programmes at UCL.

Year 3 of the BA AWAYA is spent entirely abroad at one of our partner institutions, where the student takes courses, and fulfils all academic responsibilities relevant to that institution. During Year 3 UCL fees are reduced to one-third of the standard UCL fee. If the student spends Year 3 with one of our Erasmus-Socrates partners, then no fees at all are payable for Year 3 either to UCL or to the partner institution.

The aim of the programme is to allow students to experience higher education in a different setting, access high-level expertise from beyond UCL, and gain familiarity with the theory and practice of archaeology outside the UK. Students taking the year abroad will need to be in good academic standing and linguistically competent for their exchange destination. In all cases students will benefit from the expertise and advice of UCL’s Study Abroad Office as well as our departmental Study Abroad Tutor.

  • A wide range of partner institutions is currently being established. At present there are Erasmus-Socrates agreements with universities in Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Norway. There are also major partners in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan. All partner institutions are of the highest academic standing.
  • Details of further institutional partnerships for the BA AWAYA programme will be added to the website as agreements are established.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked the fourth best place to study archaeology in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017.

  • 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 Pyrotechnology, Plants and Archaeology, Human Evolution, and Archaeology and Climate Change.

  • The degree includes 70 days of funded fieldwork - both in the UK and overseas (from Spain, France and Montenegro to Belize, China and Uganda, to name a few).

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Archaeology.

  • 73% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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