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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.

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After graduation

98% 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).

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Our research

Ranked 12th for the significance, rigour and originality of our Archaeology research (REF 2014).

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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.

Courses

Entry year

Archaeology (BA)

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 (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 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 Ancient History (BA)

Part time, 6 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

Archaeology and History BA (Joint Honours) offers students the opportunity to study History at higher education with an added element of experiential archaeological excavation.

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

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.

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.

Explore Cardiff University

Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

Guaranteed accommodation

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

Student support

Get free, impartial and confidential advice on disability and dyslexia, money, careers, counselling and more.

Student life

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

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How to apply

Everything you need to know about our application process.

Other subjects you might be interested in

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.

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.


HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.