Study a graduate program in archaeology
What will I study on a graduate archaeology program?Interested in discovering long lost societies, finding out all about artefacts and travelling the world? A graduate archaeology program is your ticket to a world of adventure and possibly even becoming the next Indiana Jones.
Graduate archaeology programs provide an excellent vocational foundation for students looking for a lasting career in field archaeology or in academia.
A postgraduate course in archaeology will usually focus on a specific area of the world such as Asia or Africa. Part of the course will usually involve fieldwork in your chosen destination, so this is a perfect course for adventurous students looking for a challenge.
Length of programThe length of a graduate archaeology program depends on where you study. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries:
- UK – 2-3 years
- US – 2-3 years
- China – 2-3 years
- Canada – 2-3 years
Entry requirementsIn order to get onto a graduate archaeology program, you will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject such as geography, geology, history, anthropology or classics.
As many graduate archaeology programs contain a study abroad element, you will be expected to be able to travel. Make sure your passport and visa requirements are up to date.
If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.
Career developmentArchaeology is a broad subject which can be used with many others such as geography and history, so career options with a postgraduate degree are wide.
A typical archaeologist’s job will include surveying sites, working on field excavations, simulating how a building would have been created and conducting research. Archaeologists may also work in conservation or local authority planning.
If you are planning for a future career in archaeology, you should consider becoming a member of professional body and continuing your development and studies throughout your career.
Some of the jobs included in this field are:
- Nature conservation officer
- Geographical data professor
Fees and fundingThe cost of graduate archaeology programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
- UK - £4,500 - £17,000
- USA - $5,000 - $30,000
- Germany €2,000 - €5,000
- Canada - $4,000-8,000
- China – RMB 21,000-24,000
What to do next
If you would like more information about studying a graduate program in archaeology, fill out our Free Application Service and we'll get in touch with information tailored to your needs, including some great courses in this area.