What can I do with an archaeology degree?

An undergraduate degree in archaeology enables you to develop a suite of highly transferable skills to prepare you for any number of fascinating and diverse careers; from media and broadcasting to teaching and the civil service.

During your studies, you will develop practical skills, such as eye for analysis, written and verbal communications, interpretation and numeracy, ensuring that you can hit the ground running on your first day at work after University.

Considering a postgraduate qualification in archaeology will help you fine-tune your skills yet further. Our postgraduate programmes will develop your ability to analyse and observe processes, work as a team, plan your work and conduct field studies, as well as writing and presenting reports. We train postgraduates to produce high quality materials, such as desktop studies and conservation management plans, which are suitable for the business world. Other useful skills include survey techniques, geophysics, air photography, GIS and data processing, all of which are essential for an archaeological career.

Postgraduate opportunities in archaeology

Possible destinations for UK postgraduate students might include:

  • National heritage organisations, such as English Heritage, the National Trust and CADW
  • Local authority heritage and environment services
  • Archaeological units
  • Museums - particularly curatorial and education/outreach jobs
  • National park authorities
  • Environmental and heritage consultants
  • Universities

Overseas students also have a strong track record of finding employment in their national heritage sector. 

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