Skip to content High contrast mode


University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
Tuition fee £16,054.00 per year
Course code F400
More information

Expenses, accommodation, working etc. 


Archaeology brings together diverse approaches to answer questions such as what our ancestors ate, what they wore, who they traded with, and the environments they lived in. You might undertake the chemical analysis of ceramics or human bones, or use theories drawn from anthropology or sociology. Archaeology is one of the broadest subjects taught at university, and you can study it with either science or humanities A levels. All you need is an enquiring mind and an interest in the past.

We cover the full timespan of the human past, from the earliest humans to the modern world. The breadth of subjects available means that you can study the areas you are most interested in. Southampton is a world leader in maritime archaeology, and you can take these units in all three years.

Programme structure

Typical course content

Excavation, field survey and geophysics
Underwater archaeology
Comparative osteology
Artefacts analysis
Human origins
Medieval archaeology
Archaeology of the Roman Empire
Prehistoric archaeology
Anthropology and ethno-archaeology
Heritage and public archaeology

Career opportunities

Archaeology is not just a vocational subject. Graduates go on to a wide range of careers and find that their knowledge can be applied to work in local government planning, in National Trust bodies or in museums.

By studying archaeology you will acquire some key skills sought by employers, such as time management, problem solving, team-work, project management and cultural awareness. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and understandable.

Work placements and fieldwork opportunities reflect the dedication to embedding employability in students throughout the degree experience. A balanced mix of practical and theoretical learning means our graduates are equipped with a comprehensive skill-set upon completing the degree. From team-working to problem solving, many are transferable. The destinations of graduates are as rich and varied as the course offered.

Apply now!
Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States