Lucy Cavendish aims to admit at least two undergraduates in Archaeology each year, and a number of Human, Social and Political Sciences students follow related pathways, making Archaeology part of one of the most diverse and international subject communities in college. We also have a strong postgraduate presence, with around ten MPhil and PhD Archaeologists and Biological Anthropologists at any one time, alongside research and teaching staff.

The BA in Archaeology is a flexible degree, enabling students to sample new subjects such as Sociology and Social Anthropology, as well as pursuing focussed pathways in Archaeology, Assyriology, Biological Anthropology and Egyptology. It offers a springboard into academic and professional practice, alongside careers ranging from journalism to conservation, heritage management and healthcare.

Further information about the course can be found on the Divisional and University websites.

Director of Studies

Dr Susanne Hakenbeck

Course Requirements

There are no subject-specific entrance requirements for Archaeology and successful applicants have in the past come to us with a variety of British and international qualifications.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries.

Admissions Assessment

Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.

Jodie is from Brighton, and came to Lucy Cavendish with OU credits, having previously worked in fundraising. I’m doing Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, which is great for tying together my interests in genetics, human ecology and human evolution. The course is really diverse – I’m never bored. It also offers lots of opportunities to handle archaeological objects, and covers a huge span of time, starting seven million years in the past! Because my department is small, I’ve met loads of people, at every level, which has given me the chance to participate in archaeological activities outside the course, and I’m lucky that Lucy Cavendish has an Archaeology Fellow. The College is really friendly, and I recommend Saturday Brunch...