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Archaeology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The Archaeology programme offered by the University of Cambridge is one of the most dynamic of its kind. The staff is at the forefront of research, involving students through fieldwork and research projects.
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Students at the Department of Archaeology are part of a diverse research community. The Archaeology programme offered by the University of Cambridge includes courses like Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology. Its flexibility means you can either specialize from the first year or opt for a broad start before concentrating on up to two subjects from the second year.

  • Archaeology uses material evidence, from molecules to monumental structures, to explore the human past and understand past societies.
  • Assyriology is the study of the languages, cultures, history, and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia (Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria).
  • Egyptology is the study of the history, languages, society, archaeology, and religion of ancient Egypt.
  • Biological Anthropology investigates human evolution and diversity, biology and behavior, and the interaction between biology and culture.

Teaching and resources

The fantastic resources include purpose-built laboratories, dedicated libraries and a well-equipped IT suite. In addition, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum provide access to extensive collections of primary sources of world importance. 

After Cambridge

Our course offers the theoretical foundation and training in standard methods and specialised techniques required for academic and professional practice.

The intellectual versatility and transferable skills that our students develop – such as the ability to think critically, analyse texts, handle data and work collaboratively – mean they’re widely sought after by employers in many related and unrelated fields. Graduates have gone on to work in the commercial archaeology sector as well as museums, commerce, diplomacy, advertising, media, conservation, health and further academic study among others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Egyptian language and archaeological methods and concepts, 
  • Society, religion and death in Ancient Egypt
  • Advanced Akkadian language and Mesopotamian archaeology 
  • Mesopotamian history or culture
  • Sumerian language

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All applicants for Archaeology are required to take a written assessment at the interview
  • Candidates academic record and forecast grades in school-leaving examinations
  • Examples of recent written work submitted to the College to which they are applying

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19197 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19197 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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