Our Archaeology degrees have been designed to provide extensive general training in archaeology. You will get acquainted with a full range of theoretical, analytical and field methods in the discipline, and you will gain broad knowledge of human culture from the Palaeolithic to the medieval period, and an in-depth understanding of some of the most exciting areas and periods of human past. The BSc in Archaeology gives you advanced understanding and skills in a range of up-to-date scientific techniques in bioarchaeology and archaeological materials, providing an excellent foundation for further specialist training or a career in the sector.
A course in archaeology fosters many vital skills. Researching and presenting your work involves a high degree of creativity and you will learn how to be careful and precise in presenting data and carrying out analysis of a range of subjects. The course helps you to develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way in written, visual and oral presentations. Archaeological science gives you a strong grounding in analytical techniques and laboratory skills as well as quantitative data analysis and presentation. Archaeology is highly collaborative, and by working in groups in the classroom and in the field you will demonstrate your advanced team-working and communication abilities. A degree in archaeology from the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent and hard-working individual who is flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.
Archaeology and heritage is a major part of the UK economy, in both planning and development and the creative and tourism sectors. Our graduates enter a wide variety of careers in professional archaeology, in excavation units or in governmental or heritage organisations, or in museums and heritage. Other sectors of employment include education, media, business, financial services, journalism, law and the armed forces.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2015, 96% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Archaeology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,500 with the highest being £25,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.