Durham, University of
Rated as one of the top 100 universities in the world, Durham’s archaeology courses cover a wide range of topics. The department runs training excavations in Co Durham & Northumberland. Fieldwork projects in Syria, Romania, Egypt, France and India as well as in the UK.
What they say:
Durham Archaeology has been ranked as the best in the UK in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for 2008, with the highest overall score. This recognises the excellence of all our research activities including publications, grants, research postgraduates and academic esteem. This success is a reflection of the high levels of commitment Durham University has given Archaeology over the past six years, facilitating our vibrant research culture.
Durham is one of Britain’s leading universities for teaching and research. Archaeology has been taught in Durham since 1931, and the Department now has one of the largest teaching groups in the UK, totalling 28 full-time members of teaching staff, as well as research staff working on a variety of archaeological projects. You will be taught by experts in the field of archaeology, whose interests cover World, European and British archaeology from the last Ice Age to the post-Medieval period. This wide range of expertise is reflected in the degree structure where, in the second and third levels, you can choose from a wide range of optional modules which allow you to follow a programme of study designed to suit your individual interests.
What we say:
Durham was rated the top research department in Britain in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, and is the undergraduate department with the best employability rate in Britain. They offer a variety of archaeology degrees both single and joint honours, as well as degrees in Museum and Artefact Studies, Conservation, and Paleopathology.