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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

95% of our 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 (HESA data).


Our research

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


The test of time

Fresh from celebrating a 100 years of pioneering archaeology and conservation, today our experts continue to share trail-blazing discoveries and latest techniques and thinking.


Entry year

Archaeology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Our Archaeology degree schemes are noted for their geographical and chronological breadth and the range of student choice they offer.

Archaeology (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Learn how to investigate past worlds through the study of material remains in our hands-on Archaeology degree, offering significant placement experience to help you make your mark in the field or wider heritage sector.

Archaeology and Ancient History (BA)

Full time, 3 years

The integrated BA in Archaeology and Ancient History provides the ideal opportunity for students to combine traditional academic study with the development of practical skills.

Archaeology and History (BA)

Full time, 3 years

Investigate past worlds through the study of material remains in archaeology and expand your understanding of historical change in history, plus significant archaeology placement experience.

Conservation of Objects in Museums and Archaeology (BSc)

Full time, 3 years

Conservation of Objects in Museums and Archaeology offers students interested in arts, applied science and practical work an opportunity to combine all of these interests within an exciting and challenging degree programme.

Our talks and videos

Studying archaeology and conservation at Cardiff University

Our virtual open day presentation gives a flavour of our undergraduate archaeology and conservation courses, how we teach, and the additional opportunities available as part of your degree.

Archaeology taster lecture

Dr Anna Davies-Barrett, Lecturer in Archaeology, discusses her research in this short talk entitled: 'The path to COVID - how respiratory disease has plagued past people too'.

Archaeology and conservation at Cardiff University

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

School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University

Find out more about studying at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

The placements are invaluable - I was lucky to go into the field and a major commercial unit, giving me broad skills for future employment, numerous industry connections, and fantastic friendships.
Katie Faillace BSc Archaeology

Hands-on experience

Archaeology dig

Real-world heritage placement, fieldwork or excavation experience

Our degrees offer significant practical experience, using our network for placements in the UK and abroad. This hands-on training gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd after graduation.

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Study in our purpose-built laboratories

We focus on the development of your practical skills, learning first-hand in our suite of upgraded archaeology and conservation labs. We also use our facilities extensively when working with external partners in the conservation and heritage sectors.

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Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

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Living costs

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Next steps


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How to apply

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History and ancient history

Investigate past worlds and expand your understanding of historical change in our highly regarded programmes, taught by experts sharing their passion and new insights from their latest research.

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Religious studies and theology

Explore the histories, cultures and beliefs of major and less well-known religious traditions, taking your pick of approaches with our richly rewarding degrees.

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.

Contains HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2022. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.