Archaeology is more than studying the past: it's a discipline that actively prepares you for the job market. You'll develop an impressive range of practical and academic skills, whether you want to move into the archaeology or heritage sectors, or enter a wide range of other industries and careers.
There is currently a rising demand for archaeologists to investigate the archaeological remains being revealed by major infrastructure projects in the UK, such as HS2, A303 and A14, and by smaller projects such as new housing estates. A recent report by MOLA-Headland Infrastructure provides an overview of the types of roles available in the sector.
In addition to professional archaeology, many of our students have pursued careers in the broader heritage sector, working in and with heritage trusts and museums. In this sector, you'll have the opportunity to use the skills you've developed during your degree – including object handling, curation, illustration, presentation and analysis.
"A degree allows you to make a passion into a profession, and Reading is an excellent place to do this."
Tim MacDonald Watson, BA Archaeology
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Many of our graduates use their breadth and depth of expertise across the humanities and sciences to enter a wide range of careers such as teaching, policing, industry and commerce. Some have gone on to work for companies such as British Airways, British Gas, Thames Valley Police and the NHS, as well as broadsheet newspapers, charities, and engineering and financial consultancies.
The University has long-established, excellent relationships with employers within the archaeology and related sectors, including Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology – both of which regularly consider our graduates for vacancies.