What students say about archaeology
We have nine to 12 hours of lectures a week depending on the optional modules chosen, three of which may be practical classes. My course requires several hours of practical work a week outside of the scheduled classes. The course content is really interesting and involves a wide range of content, including art, history, chemistry and physics. I feel that it could be more challenging in the first year, but the workload increases in the second and third years. It also depends on how much research you want to do outside of class hours and how much detail you want to involve. You are required to write essays, scientific reports, do supervised and unsupervised practical work on objects, illustration, photography.1st year, Cardiff University
We have on average nine hours of lectures a week. Content varies from course to course and there's a lot to choose from, so its always really interesting. The course itself requires two weeks of practical study in the first and second years which takes place in the summer in first year as it's arranged by the uni, where they teach you all of their practical skills in excavation, geophys and planning.1st year, University of Liverpool
Hard work, but well worth the struggle, because it's such an interesting subject. The course covers a wide range of archaeological concepts, and everything is addressed from a scientific and arts perspective. As part of the course, you'll have access to specific labs and resources relevant to your interests - for example, for your dissertation should you chose to be lab-based, you will have access to collections and tools needed.3rd year, University of Bradford
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Natural and social science professionals
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Field archaeologist
- Exhibitions curator
Other real-life job examples
- Historic buildings inspector
- Social sciences researcher
- Youth project leader
What employers like about this subject
A degree in archaeology will let you develop subject-specific skills that include how to use and interpret very diverse sources of evidence; good fieldwork, post-excavation and laboratory skills, and how to collect and interpret complex data. An archaeology student can also develop useful transferable skills that include IT, numeracy, communication, negotiating and influencing, team-working, research and self-motivation. These skills are in demand from employers including archaeology and heritage, museums, universities, accountancy and audit, defence, hospitals and government.