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UK Archaeology Courses

Archaeology is the study of the past via the people, objects, animals and landscapes that humans have interacted with

Archaeology degrees at UK universities are structured so that during the first year, you will be provided with the key skills needed to become a sound archaeologist, whilst, in years 2 and 3, students can then choose to tailor the course to what interests them, such as delving into specific cultural periods of time throughout history or examining artefacts and bones.

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Fieldwork plays a huge part in any archaeology degree, and you will spend lots of time at excavation sites, museums and areas of historical interest. Placement years are also commonplace as you learn directly from experienced archaeologists and professionals.

Archaeology Careers and Salary

Archaeology graduates find employment within government agencies, universities, museums, heritage organisations, applied archaeological companies or consultancies. A range of transferable skills allows graduates to pursue careers in business, teaching, journalism, civil services, police, media, marketing agencies and management.

  • Average professional salary: £35,000
  • Average starting graduate salary: £20,500

Source: National Careers Service UK.

Archaeology Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 34 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: ABB.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Archaeology in the UK?

To learn more about the best archaeology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Archaeology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2024 below:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University of Aberdeen
  4. University of St Andrews
  5. Durham University
  6. University College London
  7. University of York
  8. University of Reading
  9. University of Manchester
  10. University of Glasgow

Study Archaeology in the UK

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