Undergraduate Archaeology

Why come to Reading for archaeology?

Part 2 students in the osteology lab"The staff at Reading have all been amazingly supportive both in terms of managing the academic work and with regards to finding my place within the archaeological sector."

(Will Wilson)

"An archaeology degree is so diverse, I had no idea when I applied how varied and fascinating it would be and how much scope I had to learn so many things from some of the most passionate and enthusiastic people I have known!"

(Elizabeth Jones)

Here at Reading we have a team of over 20 teaching staff, enabling you to experience and learn about a very wide range of different archaeological fields. These themes and periods are being actively researched by our teaching staff, enabling us to teach you about cutting edge developments in archaeology:


  • Burial Archaeology
  • Material Culture
  • Bioarchaeology (including human remains)
  • Past Environments (including Geoarchaeology)
  • Gender Archaeology


  • Classical (Greeks & Romans)
  • Later Prehistory (particularly Neolithic & Bronze Age)
  • Post-Roman & Medieval
  • Palaeolithic

Our Degree Courses

You can study archaeology either as a Single Honours degree:

  • BA Archaeology
  • BSc Archaeological Science

or as a Joint Honours degree which allows you to combine and complement your interest in archaeology with other topics. You will select modules from both courses (a 50/50 split):

  • BA Archaeology and Ancient History
  • BA Archaeology and Classical Studies
  • BA Archaeology and History
  • BA Museum Studies and Archaeology

For more information see our Undergraduate Courses page

BSc and BA degree courses in Archaeology

National Student Survey Data

The Department of Archaeology is consistently rated 90-100% in the NSS. 

The department was recognised by HEFCE as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Research Skills and benefited from funding for a project to integrate research-based learning into the curriculum.

Find out more

Download our Archaeology recruitment pack flyers for more information.

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Student satisfaction 90 - 100% in the National Student Survey for the past 5 years

Ranked in the top 10 in league tables.

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