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What can you do with an archaeology degree?

A degree in archaeology can take you down a variety of career paths. It is just as relevant if you want to focus in commercial or public archaeology, heritage or museum bodies, or a further degree, or if you want to move away from archaeology, such as into the business, administration, public service, IT, financial, or education sectors.

As well as the heritage sector, our graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers including:

  • Local government and development (planning and consultancy)
  • Chartered surveying, land and environmental management
  • Teaching and education
  • Civil service, law and police authorities
  • Accountancy and financial services
  • Computing and IT services
  • Business and administration
  • Marketing and public relations

Further study and research

About a third of our students choose to follow their academic interests beyond their undergraduate degree, by going on to further academic education. Some continue within archaeology or cognate subjects, taking a Masters degree to focus on more specific academic or professional development. Others go on to take postgraduate certificates or diplomas in teaching or other qualifications, and some go on to law or other professional training schools. A few will even go to take PhD degrees and continue on to a career in research and higher education. If you envision yourself going further in higher education, a good first degree from York will set you on your way to a successful academic career.


The Archaeology Department’s focus on time management, team work, research and self-motivation skills have all paid dividends when in a work environment.

Holly Rutherford, National Trust, BSc Archaeology 2007