• Top 100 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2018
  • Top 10 in The Complete University Guide 2020 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
  • 3rd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • Well-established national and international links with professional archaeologists and heritage organisations
  • Excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art bioarchaeology lab and experimental archaeology centre
  • £1.3 million external research funding awarded over the past 3 years

Lying in the heart of South West England, in an area with a long history of archaeological research, the department is well positioned to contribute substantially to teaching and research across the discipline. In addition to those in the UK, there are current fieldwork projects focused on continental Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Brazil, Peru, Kazakhstan, the plains of South Dakota and the Southwestern United States. The department benefits from well-established links with many professional organisations, including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, English Heritage, national and international museums, UK-based field units, county and national park archaeologists, and several archaeological consultants who run centres presenting archaeology to the public.

Professor Oliver Creighton, Head of Archaeology

Archaeology at Exeter is currently involved in many exciting projects in Britain and around the world. In addition to academic classes for Masters students, there will be many opportunities for both Masters and Research students to become personally involved with the research being conducted in the Department. We currently have active fieldwork and research projects in Britain, Europe, South America, North America, Central Asia and South Asia. Students have taken part in all these projects. In addition to lectures, we also have regular visiting speakers who talk about new discoveries. We encourage all our students to get involved and take an active role in our academic community.

We have an excellent track record of developing collaborative PhD opportunities in conjunction with partner organisations in the fields of archaeology and heritage, both in the UK and abroad.

We also now have a joint PhD programme with the Cranfield Institute, who have forensic and analytical facilities with the Ministry of Defence.

Archaeology, as a discipline, will be able to offer you a wide range of personal, academic and practical skills. This suite of abilities should stand you in good stead for whatever future programme or career you decide to take.

Professor Oliver Creighton, Head of Archaeology