ArchaeologyUniversity of Cambridge
Price on request
- Bachelor's degree
- Cambridge (England)
What you'll learn on the course
In Year 1, you have between six and eight lectures and one or two supervisions each week, plus weekly language classes and/or practicals (where appropriate).
You’re assessed each year, principally through written exams but some papers include assessed practicals/fieldwork. Most students also write a 10,000 word dissertation in Year 3.Year 1 (Part I)
You pick three from seven core archaeology, language and biological anthropology options (certain papers are advised for some Year 2 subjects) – see details the Department website.
Your fourth can be another core paper, a psychology paper, or one from Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS).Years 2 and 3 (Parts IIA and IIB)
You can pursue one of four single-subject tracks (see below) or one of two two-subject tracks – Archaeology and Biological Anthropology or Assyriology and Egyptology (details on the Department website).Archaeology Year 2 (Part IIA)
You take papers on theory and practice, data analysis, and the archaeology of a particular period or region. The fourth is either another period/region paper, a biological anthropology subject or one from Classics or HSPS.
Fieldwork consists of two weeks in the summer before Year 2 and a week overseas at Easter.Year 3 (Part IIB)
You complete four weeks of fieldwork in the summer before Year 3.
All students study advanced archaeological thought, archaeology in the wider world and a Special Topic, plus one or two papers from options within this course, Classics or HSPS. All students also write a dissertation.Assyriology Year 2 (Part IIA)
You take four papers: Mesopotamian archaeology, Akkadian language, and two from other course options (one can be from Classics or HSPS). You also undertake a four-week study tour and/or fieldwork.Year 3 (Part IIB)
You take advanced Akkadian language and Mesopotamian archaeology papers; and one on Mesopotamian history or culture, or Sumerian language. The fourth is one of around 20 options available or a dissertation.Egyptology Year 2 (Part IIA)
You take papers in Egyptian language and archaeological methods and concepts, plus two papers on society, religion and death in Ancient Egypt. You also undertake a four-week study tour and/or fieldwork.Year 3 (Part IIB)
Alongside a core Egyptian language paper and two Egyptian archaeology papers, all students write a dissertation.Biological Anthropology Year 2 (Part IIA)
Three compulsory papers explore behavioural ecology, human origins, and health and disease. You select your fourth from options offered elsewhere in this course or HSPS.Year 3 (Part IIB)
You take a theory and practice paper, and three more surveying current issues across biological anthropology and the other course subjects (you can substitute one of the last three papers for a dissertation or a paper from HSPS).
For further information about studying Archaeology at the University of Cambridge see the Division of Archaeology website.