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BA Archaeology

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

21320 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
Institute of Archaeology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

In this programme some of the world's leading researchers introduce essential archaeological concepts, issues, and analytical techniques. Through your selection of optional courses, field projects and dissertation topics you will also develop knowledge of particular chronological periods, geographical areas and specialist skills to support your own interests and development.

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 a lively and exciting place in which to study. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists, and has a strong sense of community.
  • 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 the UK and many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.
  • At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.
  • The extensive 70-day fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology, with many of our graduates gaining employment within archaeological field units or going on to pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.
  • Archaeology requires detailed recording. As well as the teamwork and discipline of structured fieldwork, this helps to develop a range of transferable skills recognised by many employers. Recent students have used this to develop careers in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film, and a range of other fields.

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirements
A Levels
  • Grades: AAB-ABB
  • Subjects: No specific subjects.
  • AS Levels: For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
  • GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
IB Diploma
  • Points: 34-36
  • Subjects: A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
English language requirements
  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Good
  • A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

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Course Modules

Degree structure
  • In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
  • The Archaeology BA and BSc share many of the same core courses in your first and second year. The routes then differ in the focus of optional courses as you choose courses with a greater (BSc) or lesser (BA) concentration on the scientific analysis of findings.
  • The first year provides a solid grounding in archaeological and anthropological concepts, practical methods in archaeology and an introduction to major issues in world prehistory.
  • The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and theoretical approaches, and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.
  • In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio, and write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose, research and write up with the help of a supervisor.
Year One
Compulsory courses
  • Field Methods 
  • Introduction to Archaeology
  • Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • People and Environments 
  • Sites and Artefacts 
  • World Archaeology: The Deep History of Human Societies
Optional courses
You will select one 0.5 credit option from the following:
  • Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology 
  • Introduction to European Prehistory
  • Introduction to Greek Archaeology
  • Introduction to Roman Archaeology
  • Texts in Archaeology
Year Two
Compulsory courses
  • Applications or Archaeological Science
  • Current Issues in Archaeological Theory
  • Interpreting Archaeological Evidence
  • Research and Presentation Skills
Optional courses
You will select a total of 2.0 credits from the following areas:
  • 0.5 credits in world archaeology 
  • 0.5 credits in archaeological science or skills – an updated list will be published each year
  • Options in Archaeology or a related subject to the value of 1.0 credit
Final Year
Compulsory courses
  • Archaeology in the World
  • Field Archaeology
  • Dissertation
Optional courses
You will select a total of 2.0 credits from the following areas:
  • 0.5 credits in world archaeology 
  • 0.5 credits in archaeological science or skills – an updated list will be published each year
  • Options in Archaeology or a related subject to the value of 1.0 credit

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How to Apply

Applications for UCL's undergraduate programmes are made through UCAS who provide application services for UK higher education providers. Full details of how to complete your application through UCAS are provided on the UCAS website.

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