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How to Apply

The process of applying to study at Cambridge is much the same as that for other universities. However, at Cambridge the process starts earlier and the UCAS application deadline is 15th October.

The UCAS code for studying Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology is V400

You can find detailed application information on the main Cambridge undergraduate website.

Admissions Tutors and Directors of Studies in the Colleges are always happy to answer your questions.


Student fieldtrip to Stonehenge 2019


What are we looking for?

We welcome your application if you have a real passion for Archaeology, Biological Anthropology or the languages and cultures of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

What we look for in applicants is academic ability, motivation, and intellectual curiosity; because Archaeology is such a broad field, our students have backgrounds in everything from History to Biology, English to Physics, Philosophy to Geography. We value diversity, of background and outlook, and we welcome talented students from around the world.


What A Levels do I need?

We do not expect particular combinations of A-level subjects. A typical offer (made by the College you apply to) will be A*AA; for the International Baccalaureate: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level; for the Scottish Advanced Higher Grade, the usual requirement is AAA. 


Is there a recommended reading list?

Yes. Check out our recommended reading list for suggested title relating to the four tracks of our undergraduate course.



What about admission assessment and interviews?

All applicants for Archaeology are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. Please see the course page on the Cambridge undergraduate website for past papers

Likewise, please see the Cambridge undergraduate website for further information about the Cambridge interview process.  


How do I choose a college? 

All colleges offer Archaeology at undergraduate level for 2020 entry, whether or not they have fellows in the subject. Aside from general criteria such as whether you like the feel of a college, its location and activities, you could also approach colleges where Fellows work in geographical areas or time periods you are interested in.