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Oliver, 1st Year

Archaeology

Archaeology covers a huge range of topics, spanning the evolution of humans through the development of farming, ancient civilisations and world empires, as well as the role of material culture in human life and of heritage in modern societies. Students can follow several streams – Archaeology (covering all world cultures), Biological Anthropology, Egyptology and Assyriology.

With the Division of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge is one of the largest centres of archaeological research in Britain, and we have recently been awarded top place in the Good University Guide for Archaeology in the UK. Archaeology students at Cambridge benefit from direct hands-on access to world-class collections in Cambridge’s many museums, libraries and research centres. From 2017 onwards, Cambridge is launching an exciting new undergraduate degree programme in single honours archaeology (further information on the course is available online).

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.


Admissions Information

Standard Offer:

A-level - A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.

Course Requirements:

No specific subjects.

Applicants are not expected to have any standard background in archaeology, as the field is highly varied, there are many relevant backgrounds and the subject is often not taught in schools; however, if invited to interview, they should be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and potential directions they may wish to follow.

Course Outline: Further course details are available on the Division's website.
Interviews:

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked (following receipt of their application) to submit two pieces of written work (on a literary or historical subject), which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. The preferred word limit for each sample is 2,000 words. Applicants may submit coursework, but this will only count for one piece of work, regardless of the length. The subjects of these essays may form the basis of discussion in one of the interviews. The deadline for submission will be early November.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants will take a written assessment at interview, based on the reading of material that we will supply. This hour-long assessment is designed to assess the ability to interpret texts and to write. Again, no special preparation or prior knowledge is required. Further information and a content specification are available online.

Course Enquiries:

Emmanuel Admissions Office

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