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.

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Degree benefits

  • UCL is ranked the second best place to study archaeology in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

  • 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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