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About our courses

Archaeology is the study of the past through the traces or material remains which survive into the present. Studying with Cambridge ICE will help you develop your own archaeological expertise through the analysis of religious and ritual beliefs, death and daily life of past peoples by examining what they left behind.

We offer a broad range of short and part-time archaeology courses, for newcomers to the subject and for those who have studied archaeology before.

View our full range of Archaeology courses

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in Archaeology of the Ancient World Register Interest
Certificate in the Making of the English Landscape: Landscape History and Archaeology Register Interest
Certificate in the Study of Early Medieval England Register Interest

The Undergraduate Certificate in Archaeology of Ancient Britain will be running in 2020/21.

Our Certificate courses are taught at FHEQ Level 4 (roughly equivalent to first-year undergraduate level). These are entry level qualifications and are designed to kick off your archaeological studies. Many certificate students go on to study higher level qualifications, such as a diploma, following completion of a certificate.

Undergraduate Diploma

Diploma in Archaeology: Death and the Ancient World Register Interest

This Diploma course is taught at FHEQ Level 5, equivalent to second-year undergraduate level. Diplomas are open entry, meaning that you can begin your study of archaeology at Diploma level, although background knowledge at Certificate level is recommended.

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma

Advanced Diploma in Research Theory and Practice Register Interest
Advanced Diploma in Research in the Arts/Sciences Register Interest

Our Undergraduate Advanced Diplomas are research-based courses (FHEQ level 6), which give you the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with qualified researchers in your field. You will be introduced to a research community and will begin to forge an identity as a researcher in your own right.

Short and Online courses in Archaeology

You can view our short and online courses in Archaeology here.

Archaeology Summer Programmes

You can view our Summer Programmes with an Archaeological element here.

Bursaries and student loans available

If you are new to higher education, you could be eligible for a bursary award. You will also be able to pay your fees in instalments, and you may also have access to part-time student loans.

How to apply for bursaries and loans

Archaeology tutors

Dr Gilly Carr

Gilly Carr is a University Senior Lecturer and ICE’s Academic Director in Archaeology. She is also the Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology and Anthropology at St Catharine’s College. Her main research areas are conflict archaeology, POW archaeology and heritage studies, and she has published widely in this area. She currently carries out fieldwork in the Channel Islands.

About our tutors

Archaeology courses at ICE are taught by tutors whose work spans a wide range of areas. Our current tutors’ interests include (to take a few examples) Neolithic landscapes, the personal histories of Cambridge archaeologists, ancient Egyptian religion, forensic archaeology, post-conflict heritage, the indigenous peoples of Mexico and Guatemala, and Etruscan landscapes.

What our students say

If you're thinking of applying but aren't sure what to expect, why not read what some of our recent students have to say about their experience of studying here?

Read what our students say

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