BA in Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation


This programme is taught jointly by the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Greek and Latin and is designed to appeal to students with a general interest in the Classical world and wanting a particular focus on the art and material culture of Greece and Rome. All students acquire a basic grounding in one or more of the languages of the Classical world (Greek, Latin or both), and also training in a wide range of archaeological approaches to the past.

As a discipline, Classical archaeology prepares you for a wide range of future careers, both within archaeology or heritage studies, and far beyond. The personal skills, analytical techniques and general ways of thinking are all highly transferable, but this degree is also intended as a suitable grounding for more subsequent graduate research on similar topics.

UCL Institute of Archaeology

Degree benefits

  • Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, with an unrivalled range of specialist staff. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists.
  • The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
  • The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.

Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to the study of ancient languages.

The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.

All students registered for this degree are required to undertake a six-week study visit to the Mediterranean as part of their 70 days of fieldwork. This is an individual programme of visits to sites and museums around the Mediterranean developed by you in conjuction with the degree co-ordinator. The study tour allows students to pursue aspects of their first two years of coursework in more depth, and prepare for their final-year dissertation, through extended critical first-hand examination of sites and artefacts of the ancient Mediterranean.

In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio or fieldwork study report, and to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.

Your learning

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.


Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students. This includes a six-week study tour for Classical Archaeology students.

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