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Skull of a cow

Undergraduate study

Uncover mysteries and make discoveries of your own by exploring our shared archaeological heritage. Examine human development over past millennia and understand how the big issues of today – such as climate change, health and diet, migration and inequality – have roots in the past.

Medieval pottery

Master's study

Broaden your archaeological knowledge and learn from academics with an international reputation for research excellence. You'll participate in world-leading fieldwork and research projects, and benefit from our dedicated facilities, rich collections and access to on-campus museums.
Ancient ruins

PhD study

Join a world-class research community, consistently ranked among the top in the UK for archaeology. We provide an interdisciplinary research environment for engagement within and across themes, projects and regions.
Number 1 in the UK for research

Our research

1The University of Reading is ranked 1st in the UK for research quality and research outputs in Archaeology (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, based on its analysis of the latest REF 2021).
URE Museum

Our facilities

Learn about our extensive archaeology facilities, from purpose-built teaching laboratories to unique on-campus museums.
Student using a laptop outdoors

Life on campus

Our main campus is set on 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you'll find plenty of places to relax. Our campus is home to a thriving community and features the Students' Union, Library and places to eat.
Digging out an artifact

Our stories

Read about our inspiring staff and students, and learn how our archaeological research feeds directly into your studies.
Athena SWAN Silver Award