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Tailor your degree to your interests as you join our internationally recognised experts on a fascinating journey of new discoveries and knowledge.

You'll have the opportunity to focus on the topics and periods in which you're most interested. Our courses are designed to provide you with a broad range of subject-specific and transferable skills that span the humanities and sciences.

We offer one single honours degree – BA Archaeology. You also have the opportunity to combine Archaeology with Anthropology, Ancient History, History and Museum Studies.

Our courses

All our courses are offered as three or four-year degrees with a year of professional experience or study abroad. You can apply directly to your preferred course with the option to transfer at a later date.

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Joint degree courses

International foundation year programme

If you want to study at a British university but don't have the typical entry qualifications, our four-year international foundation year programme allows you to undertake an undergraduate degree in museum studies and archaeology .

“I was familiar with writing descriptive and informative essays; however, having support and guidance with essay writing was been beneficial. I took three optional modules alongside my core modules, which was really enjoyable as I could choose the modules I knew I would get the most out of, like ‘Perspective in the Humanities’. Each week we were taught a new topic, which I could carry through to Year 1 of my degree.”

Caitlin Johnson, BA Museum Studies and Archaeology with International Foundation Year

Read Caitlin's story

Fees and funding

There is a variety of funding support available to our undergraduate students. You may be eligible for government loans, grants or bursaries.

Students from the UK can receive government loans to help towards tuition fees and living costs. UK students may also be eligible for other grants and bursaries depending on their circumstances.

Fees and funding at the University of Reading

Why study with us?

Our flexible undergraduate courses offer a balance of theory and practice, providing you with an impressive range of subject-specific and transferable skills for your future career.

How you'll study

Develop your knowledge and skills through small-group teaching, where you'll engage in stimulating debate and discussion, as well as hands-on practical and laboratory sessions with a diverse range of archaeological materials.

Our stories

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