How You Learn
In Year 1, you have between six and eight lectures and one or two supervisions each week, plus weekly language classes and/or practicals (where appropriate).
You’re assessed each year, principally through written exams but some papers include assessed practicals/fieldwork. Most students also write a 10,000 word dissertation in Year 3.
Archaeology has been taught at Cambridge for more than a century and our staff are at the forefront of research, involving students through fieldwork and research projects.
The University’s excellent resources include the dedicated professional field unit, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, as well as a well-equipped IT suite, purpose built laboratories and dedicated libraries. In addition, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum provide access to extensive collections of primary sources of world importance.
As a tripos (course) with a smaller number of students, archaeologists at Trinity Hall benefit from the attention of a Fellow in the subject, Dr Tamsin O’Connell, as Director of Studies, as well as the tight-knit community of the department.
Studying Archaeology will develop your analytical, numeric and critical skills, and the degree can lead you in whatever direction you choose to take it. Previous Trinity Hall undergraduates have gone on to a whole host of careers, from practical archaeology to high finance, the civil service and academic research.
Two school essays on any subject.
All applicants for Archaeology are required to take a written assessment at interview, if interviewed. Please see the Admissions Assessments page on the University website for further details.
Archaeology spans a very broad subject area, and the course allows study of topics ranging across the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. Students with almost any combination of subjects can apply; there are no specific required or recommended courses. We welcome applications from students studying humanistic fields such as History, English, Classics, and ancient languages, social sciences such as Geography, Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology, and sciences such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Applicants for Egyptology and Assyriology are strongly encouraged to study an ancient or modern language.