School of History, Classics and Archaeology


Careers in Archaeology

You'll gain a wide range of transferable skills on our archaeology degrees.

According to Prospects - The Official Graduate Careers Website, employers are looking for graduates who can:

  • work as a team member or leader
  • use a range of IT packages
  • prepare and present oral presentations for different kinds of audiences
  • retrieve information using paper-based and electronic resources
  • work methodically and accurately and demonstrate attention to detail

You'll develop all these key skills through your degree.

You can apply these skills in the workplace to:

  • manage a group of workers
  • lead a project
  • run a database of planning applications
  • explain a local government policy
  • manage a retailer's supply system
  • persuade investors to back a project

Find out more about how an archaeology degree prepares you for the world of work. Read case studies of our graduates in our Archaeology Careers publication.

Many of our graduates go on to employment in the following fields:

• Professional archaeology
• Heritage consultancies
• Museums
• Heritage trusts and government agencies
• National parks
• Government
• Teaching
• Tourism sector
• Research
• Higher Education

Professional archaeology

Many of our graduates go on to work as professional archaeologists. They work with organisations like English Heritage, at public and private museums or local authority planning offices.

Many graduates do voluntary work in museums or on excavations in the UK or abroad during their degree. This increases their practical experience before taking up permanent employment.

To find out how you can volunteer, see our Opportunities for Students pages.

We have postgraduate courses, which specialise in various types of archaeological work. This route can lead to all kinds of professional roles, including archaeology lecturer.

Undergraduate careers statistics, including reports which put the figures into context, are available for Ancient History and Archaeology (VV14 and Archaeology (V400)Postgraduate careers statistics are also available.

Careers Service

The Careers Service is always happy to talk to students on a one-to-one basis. Just pop in on the ground floor of King's Gate. Find out further information about: