Archaeology covers a huge range of topics, spanning the evolution of humans through the development of farming, ancient civilisations and world empires, as well as the role of material culture in human life and of heritage in modern societies.
Number of students
We typically admit one or two undergraduates per year.
Archaeology covers a huge range of topics, spanning the evolution of humans through the development of farming, ancient civilisations and world empires, as well as the role of material culture in human life and of heritage in modern societies. Students can follow many streams – Archaeology (covering all world cultures), Biological Anthropology, Egyptology and Assyriology – as well as specialise in subjects such as Archaeological Science and Heritage Studies.
Cambridge is one of the largest centres of archaeological research in Britain, and we have recently been awarded top place in The Times Good University Guide for Archaeology in the UK. Archaeology students at Cambridge benefit from direct hands-on access to world-class collections in Cambridge’s many museums, libraries and research centres.
The benefits of Archaeology at Fitzwilliam College
Archaeology at Fitzwilliam College is represented by Director of Studies Dr Thomas Mathews Boehmer. The College is particularly strong in the archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, with Professor Martin Millett (Roman archaeology) and Dr Sara Owen (Greek archaeology), and it features a unique Ancient World programme through which students can do their first year in Archaeology and then transfer to Classics for their second and third years.
Our standard conditional offer for this subject is usually A*AA at A-level or 40-42 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB. We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.
Students with almost any combination of subjects can apply; there are no specific required or recommended courses. We welcome applications from students studying humanistic fields such as History, English, Classics, and ancient languages, social sciences such as Geography, Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology, and sciences such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Applicants for Egyptology and Assyriology are strongly encouraged to study an ancient or modern language.
The admissions process
Candidates should normally expect two interviews. Applicants are not expected to have any standard background in Archaeology, as the field is highly varied, there are many relevant backgrounds and the subject is often not taught in schools; however, they should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow. Applicants should submit two examples of recent work, which will be available to interviewers.
Applicants are required to sit the Archaeology admissions written assessment, if invited for interview. More information can be found on the University website.
Director of Studies