Archaeology and conservation
Our widely-respected practical degrees deliver the training, skills and knowledge to help you make your mark within the heritage sector, plus the employability skills to carve out your career in related fields.
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.
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).
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.
Our talks and videos
Facilities and location
Osteology laboratoryLocated in John Percival Building
Professor Jacqui Mulville shows us around the Osteology Laboratory in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Biomolecular laboratoryLocated in John Percival Building
Dr Richard Madgwick shows us around the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Conservation laboratoriesLocated in John Percival Building
Phil Parkes and Dr Ashley Lingle show us around the Conservation Laboratories in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Microscopy and climate simulationLocated in John Percival Building
Dr Jerrod Seifert and Johanna Thunberg show us around the Microscopy and Climate Simulation Laboratories in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Scanning Electron MicroscopeLocated in John Percival Building
Phil Parkes tells us more about the Scanning Electron Microscope at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Photographic suiteLocated in John Percival Building
Mark Lodwick shows us around the Photographic Studio in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
Illustration studioLocated in John Percival Building
Ian Dennis and Kirsty Harding tell us more about illustration in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University.
An innovative and internationally recognised centre of excellence
Most lectures, tutorials and practicals take place in our home, the John Percival Building. It includes purpose-designed and specialist suites of conservation and archaeological laboratories.
Just next door is the Arts and Social Sciences Library, home to our prestigious Special Collections plus extensive collections and archives in Archaeology, Ancient History and History.
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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.