Archaeology careers

Overview

Our Archaeology graduates have an excellent reputation with recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market.

Graduating with a degree in Archaeology will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Should you want to progress onto a career in the Archaeology and Heritage sectors, the Archaeology degree at Exeter will equip you with the skills which you will need to succeed. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as the National Trust, Oxford Archaeology, and Cornwall County Council, with job titles such as: 

  • Field Archaeologist
  • Intern Ranger
  • Archaeological Researcher 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in: 

  • Anthrozoology
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • International Relations
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Heritage Management

Studying in Archaeology will also equip you with skills and abilities which will be valuable when applying for graduate-level work in other sectors. Archaeology combines humanities and scientific disciplines, providing good opportunities to develop the skills that are attractive to employers. Team work; problem solving; analysis; research; presentation and organisational skills are developed through a programme that is both practical and theoretical. Our recent Archaeology graduates have pursued careers in: 

  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Financial Consulting
  • Teaching

Careerzone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.

Professional Experience

The Archaeology degree here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Work placement modules in Archaeology

The Archaeology programme gives students ample opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part of their degree. Modules such as the Archaeology Fieldwork Project, the Archaeology Fieldschool and the Archaeology Professional Placement allow you to undertake a placement in archaeology/museum work, or on a project run by the department. These experiences can provide invaluable employability skills, allowing you to demonstrate and build on your practical abilities and gain experience in related sectors. 

Humanities in the Workplace

This module is available to all Humanities students at our Streatham campus and offers the chance to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors.  The module provides an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of a business or work environment and to gain experience in the use of technologies and applications commonly used in organisations.

Volunteering

Undertaking voluntary work alongside your studies demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis. Students have previously gained experience with the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall; Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exmoor Society Archives and Exeter City Football Club Archives. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. Here are some of the events which have been offered recently:

Archaeology and Heritage Careers Fair

This day long careers event invited representatives from organisations such as Southwest Archaeology, AC Archaeology, the National Trust, and the Historic Environment Record to meet students and offer their advice for working in the sector. 

Careers in Journalism

This event aimed to give students an insight into working in Journalism. Cyan Turan (BA English 2012) and Rob Edwards (BA History 2010) visited to speak to students about their careers. Cyan is now an Editorial Assistant and Junior Writer at the Sun’s supplement magazine Fabulous, whilst Rob is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the UK section of Russia Today (RT).

Where your Archaeology degree could take you…

This event offered students the opportunity to explore alternative career paths in a range of sectors. Alumna Ruth Steele, who completed an MA in Landscape Archaeology here at Exeter in 2006, attended to speak to students about her career. Ruth is now a Senior Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office in Devon.

Our students and graduates

My highlights of my time at Exeter would include my year studying abroad in Malta but also my role on the Archaeology Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) in my fourth year which really allowed me to help other students and promote our subject. Now that I have graduated I plan on doing a Masters in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology.

Amy Cross, BA Archaeology 2015