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Archaeology degrees abroad

Archaeology is the fascinating study of history through the excavation of artefacts and other physical remains. It combines history and elements of science and engineering, and is the ideal program if you have a passion for the past and want to get your hands dirty.

As an archaeology student you’ll study historical sites, structural remains, bones, tools and other artefacts. Many programs involve field trips and practical work, and choosing to study archaeology abroad means you could be in touching distance of some of the world’s most interesting archaeological sites.

Studying archaeology abroad also means you will be able to choose from a much bigger range of programs, and access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology you might not get at home. It’s also a great opportunity to broaden your personal horizons, experience a new culture and improve your language skills, all while gaining a world class education.

Archaeology program structure

Archaeology degree program content will differ depending on the university you choose to study at. Some universities tailor the curriculum around the history and archaeology of the local area, so you can work on real world issues and sites.

At undergraduate level, Archaeology degrees usually take three or four years to complete, and can be offered as BSc or BA degrees. BA degrees tend to focus more on humanities, while the BSc might concentrate more on the scientific techniques involved in archaeology. Although the two are slightly different, both will combine elements of humanities and science.

Programs are taught through lectures, group tutorials and practical classes. Most courses offer the chance to study a year abroad where you can visit archaeological sites. Some also offer work placements at local museums where you can get real world experience.

At postgraduate level you can study an MA or MSc, and often you can choose to study a specific area of archaeology, like forensic archaeology, historical archaeology or digital archaeology. Most master’s programs are taught over one or two years.

It’s also possible to study for a research degree in archaeology as a PhD or MPhil. This type of terminal degree can take up to five years to complete, and will involve the completion of a substantial research thesis.

Some of the modules and subjects you can expect to study on an archaeology program include:

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Archaeology study abroad programs

What are the top archaeology undergraduate programs abroad?

  • University of SaskatchewanArchaeology and Anthropology - BA/BA (Hons)

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Jul, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Archaeology, Anthropology
    Location
    Saskatoon, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +3 more
    Annual tuition fee
    30,480CAD
  • Trent UniversityArchaeology - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Archaeology
    Location
    Peterborough, Canada
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    26,191CAD
  • Hampshire CollegeAnthropology and Archaeology - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Archaeology, Anthropology
    Location
    Amherst, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    57,158USD
  • California State University, East BayAnthropology: Archaeology and Biological Anthropology - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Biological Anthropology, Archaeology
    Location
    San Francisco, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    17,663USD
  • Murray State UniversityEarth and Environmental Sciences: Archaeology track - BSc

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science
    Location
    Murray, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +1 more
    Annual tuition fee
    14,742USD

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What are the top archaeology postgraduate programs abroad?

  • California State University, San BernardinoApplied Archaeology - MA

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Archaeology
    Location
    San Bernardino, USA
    Next start date
    August 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    14,657USD
  • Murray State UniversityEarth and Environmental Sciences: Archaeology - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Archaeology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science
    Location
    Murray, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025 +2 more
    Annual tuition fee
    8,640USD

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Future archaeology careers

Most archaeology graduates will look for employment in history and heritage related roles, but the skills you’ll learn are transferable to a wide range of careers. Popular jobs for archaeology graduates include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Museum curator
  • Heritage site manager
  • Historic building inspector
  • Conservation manager
  • Higher education researcher
  • Lecturer

As well as jobs closely linked to archaeology fields, many graduates use the skills they’ve learnt to work in finance, media, law and many other fields.

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