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Why study with us

Curious about the human experience, across millennia and cultures, we are seeking to better understand our past to illuminate our present and improve our future. We are an inquisitive academic community, passionate about the study of the past and beliefs from prehistoric times to contemporary societies.


After graduation

87% of our postgraduate taught graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course. (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21.


The test of time

Fresh from celebrating 100 years of archaeology at Cardiff in 2020, our experts bring new discoveries and latest thinking into their teaching.


Our research

Placed 9th in the UK for research in Archaeology and 5th for research impact (REF 2021).


Archaeological Science (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Master the skills of an archaeological scientist in a dynamic programme taught by leading practitioners.

Archaeology (MA)

Full time, Part time

Pursue your passion for British, European and Mediterranean archaeology whilst developing key archaeological and historical skills, guided by our renowned specialists.

Care of Collections (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Exceptional training in preventive conservation and the management of cultural and heritage collections.

Conservation Practice (MSc)

Full time

This hands-on conversion programme is dedicated to teaching the next generation of conservators through problem-based learning on real heritage objects.

Professional Conservation (MSc)

Full time, Part time

Teaching critical thinking and problem-solving in conservation and heritage sciences and the design, execution and delivery of rigorous scientific research.

Ancient History (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise across Ancient History.

Archaeology (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise in the archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean from 5000 BC-1000 AD.

Conservation (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

We offer a full range of expertise across conservation.

Our videos

Archaeology and conservation at Cardiff University

Hear from academics and students about what it is like to study archaeology and conservation with us.

Our approach

As a School, we’re committed to preserving what is precious to the world from across the ages, recognising its value and importance in understanding our and telling the story of human experience.

I chose to study the MSc Professional Conservation at Cardiff to improve my understanding of the science behind conservation practice and become a more independent decision-maker. The immersive learning style of the course is really engaging. I was made to feel part of a research team throughout, and planned, evaluated, and conducted practical research in close collaboration with staff and peers. Experience of teamwork, management and delivery of projects has been valuable beyond the laboratory.
Johanna Thunberg MSc Professional Conservation

Our specialisms

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Our programmes encompass a broad range of periods and subjects. Modules and teaching reflect our research specialisms in Archaeological Science, Prehistoric Britain and Europe, Early Medieval Society and Culture, and Classical archaeology. We’ll help you develop the academic and practical archaeological skills to pursue a career within the archaeology field, heritage sector or a range of associated professions.

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Conservation at Cardiff offers you a hands-on, practical approach under the careful supervision of leading experts in the field. Practical work in our fully equipped suite of laboratories will not only fully develop your range of skills, but also make a lasting difference to the future of precious objects from a range of historic collections. You’ll be immersed in the theory and practice of conservation and heritage sciences and equipped with the skills and confidence to make your mark in the field.

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Strong heritage sector links

We are proudly rooted within our local community, with strong links across the heritage sector, including collaborations with institutions in Wales and beyond. Our engagement work mirrors this involvement.

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Take your interests to the next level

Make an original contribution to the conservation of precious objects and new archaeological study, benefitting from specialist equipment in our purpose-built labs and our nurturing and research-active community. Our master’s degrees and PhD/MPhil pathway have a proud history of training the next generation of researchers and practitioners.

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Explore our specialist facilities

Alongside dedicated lecture theatres and bespoke teaching laboratories centrally located over two floors of our home building, our archaeology and conservation spaces are equipped for both teaching and world-class research.

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Funding your studies

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We have a variety of halls and houses to suit your preferences, interests and budgets.

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Next steps


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How to apply

Everything you need to know about our application process.

Other subjects you might be interested in

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History and ancient history

Satisfy your curiosity about history and deepen your knowledge of the key concepts, all with the potential to explore heritage, community action and placement opportunities.

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Religious studies and theology

Join our inquisitive academic community, passionate about the study of religion and theology in past, present and future contexts.

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