Why study Archaeology at York?


Here are just some of the many reasons why you should choose York to study an archaeology degree:

  • We are a top ten archaeology department, ranked 5th in the Times Rankings, 6th in both the Guardian University Guide 2015 and the Complete University Guide 2015 and 4th in the last Research Excellent Framework analysis.
  • York is the UK’s archaeological capital, with historic buildings and significant remains from the Roman, Viking and Medieval periods.
  • We are part of a vibrant humanities community, 25th in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
  • The city of York offers a wealth of resources and professional expertise and volunteering and career opportunities, including the York Archaeological Trust, the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and the Archaeology Data Service.
  • We are recognised as a dynamic research community and a centre of teaching excellence, and we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for this in 2011.
  • We have consistently received outstanding student satisfaction scores in every year since the National Student Survey began in 2008.   This year our programmes achieved even higher marks for teaching quality and assessment than in previous years. Check out our most recent stats on KIS.
  • There are plenty of chances for you to participate in field-based projects on campus, in York and in the surrounding area as part of your three years of study.
  • You will become part of our friendly community, which is based at the King’s Manor, a beautiful medieval building in the centre of the city of York.
  • The architectural heritage of the York region makes it one of the best possible places to develop your professional skills and research potential in the archaeology and conservation of buildings.
  • Our down-to-earth and approachable teaching staff will help you get the most out of your archaeology degree and pursue your chosen career.
  • You will develop a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers, opening the door to a wide variety of occupations both within and beyond the heritage industry.


York is a beautiful city full of history and fantastic historic architecture - the perfect place to study archaeology. It isn't too big, and yet it still retains an exciting, vibrant city feel.

Katy, BA Archaeology, 3rd year

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Why archaeology?