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Find out about studying Archaeology at Cambridge

Undergraduate Study

Our world-class teaching and facilities led to our being ranked top University for Archaeology in the UK by The Complete University Guide and in the world by QS World University Rankings.

Archaeology involves the study of the human past through material remains, sites and landscapes. If you are interested in learning about the past by combining fieldwork and scientific methods with thinking deeply about the relationships between humans and the material world, then Archaeology is the subject for you!

Over the course of your studies, you might find yourself analysing deformations in medieval skulls; translating Egyptian hieroglyphs; reconstructing past landscapes; learning about radio-carbon dating; studying imagery in a Babylonian poem; or debating the politics of cultural heritage.

Students find studying archaeology enormously interesting and rewarding, and the skills it develops, such as lateral thinking, problem solving and data analysis, are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields.

For 2016 entry, undergraduate study in Archaeology takes place within the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos, though students can choose to specialise in archaeology from the first year.

For 2017 entry, undergraduate study takes place within our brand new Single-Honours Archaeology Tripos. Come to our Open Days and Outreach Events, then apply in October 2016 to start in October 2017.  


Postgraduate study

Cambridge is a world-leading centre for archaeological research. Undertaking a postgraduate degree at Cambridge, whether taught or by research, will provide you with the foundation to advance your job prospects, to deepen your understanding of your chosen field of study, and to develop new skills in researching, thinking and presenting.

We offer taught 1-year MPhils in Archaeology, Egyptology or Assyriology. We also offer an MPhil in Archaeological Research.

The MPhil provides an intense programme of research training. Seminars in which students develop their research skills and present their ideas to an audience of fellow students are central to this. Students also work closely with a supervisor to develop a dissertation.

The PhD, leading to the submission of an 80,000 word thesis, has launched the careers of distinguished scholars teaching in universities around the world. Students have both a primary and a secondary supervisor, and regular reviews provide a structured opportunity for feedback on how the research is progressing.