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 ranked 13th in the Guardian league table 2019, 11th in the Complete University Guide 2019 and 4th in the last Research Excellence 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 global humanities community, 12th in the QS World Rankings 2018
  • 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.
  • 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?