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ArchaeologyPart of HumanitiesUndergraduate study

After you graduate

There are many choices available after gaining your degree. You will leave Southampton with a wealth of skills and a competitive edge, whatever career path you choose. In the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education statistics 94 per cent of University of Southampton graduates entered into employment and/or further study. We are in the top 20 UK universities according to the Complete University Guide, 2020.


Graduates leave with a competitive edge
Opening up career options

You may be looking for relevant paid employment straight away, or planning to undertake further study – in which case you could become part of Southampton's 5,000-strong postgraduate student community and have access to state-of-the-art learning resources.

You might be considering a switch into a completely different field, or you may be unsure of where to go next. Whatever your situation, the Careers and Employability Service offers a wide range of services and support to students at all stages of their University life. 

Transferable skills in archaeology

Because of archaeology’s scope and the range of different practical, analytical and academic skills it requires, we believe that an archaeology degree offers one of the best general arts degrees currently available. Our degree programme aims to produce graduates with a full set of skills in:

These are skills that are essential for a career in archaeology, but also prepare you for a wide range of different careers.

Further study

We have a busy and high-profile Graduate School supporting teaching and research to PhD level. Some of our BA students stay within Archaeology for postgraduate work alongside specialists in their chosen field. If you wish to pursue this option you will need an upper second-class honours degree or above in a relevant discipline, though each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. Visit the postgraduate section to find out more.

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The support offered by the university stood me in good stead for my career following my studies. Since leaving I have delivered papers at several international conferences and published two books.
Mark AldridgeBA Film and English, MA and PhD Film Studies

A wealth of options

An archaeology degree will give you a range of transferable skills, equipping you for the future whether you choose to pursue archaeology or enter another field.  

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