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Department of Archaeology


Undergraduate study

Our undergraduate degree course combines four different fields: Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology.

Over the course of your undergraduate degree, you might find yourself studying the behaviour of chimpanzees; learning about our oldest human ancestors; translating Egyptian hieroglyphs; learning about radiocarbon dating; or studying imagery in a Babylonian poem. 

You will gain insights into many of the most important challenges for human life on earth, from climate change to economic inequality; from pandemic diseases to the politics of archaeological heritage in wartime.

By the end of your degree you will have engaged in the detailed study of primary sources, you may have studied an ancient language, and you will probably have written your first piece of independent research (in the form of a 10,000 word dissertation).

The research we do ranges widely across time and space, from discovering where the gold from Tutankhamun's mask came from, to studying the population genetics of southeast Asian islands, to uncovering the impact of plague on medieval Cambridge. If you study with us you will have the opportunity to take part in this research as it evolves.

Postgraduate study

The Department of Archaeology offers a range of taught Master's Programmes (MPhil) as well as an outstanding environment for independent research leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Both require application through the Postgraduate Admission Office of the University of Cambridge. Postgraduate Admissions provide further information to potential national and international applicants on entry requirements, fees and funding for Postgraduate Study in their Research Degrees section.

For application procedures specific to the study of Archaeology at postgraduate level, please consult the MPhil and PhD sections; for further questions, please contact the Department's Postgraduate Admissions Administrator.