What will I learn?

Whether you want to learn a new language or study a new culture, explore great books, ideas or minds, discover the past, analyse the present or consider the shape of the world's future, the Bachelor of Arts will expand your horizons and challenge you to think outside the box.

Offering broad choice across more than 45 subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, no two arts degrees are quite the same. You will study a major and a minor, choosing both from our broad choice across the humanities and social sciences, or selecting your minor from the University's shared pool.

Whatever your focus, when you undertake our Bachelor of Arts degree you will be guided by the expertise of an internationally respected group of educators. With arts and humanities at the University of Sydney consistently recognised as among the top 20 faculties globally in academic rankings, our Bachelor of Arts degree is both highly regarded and well supported by research leaders.

Archaeologists employ material culture to study our human past. For students this is often an unfamiliar but exotic and exciting method of exploring bygone societies. The physical debris of the past is able to tell us much that written evidence cannot. Most people were never able to document their own histories, and much of our human past unfolded before writing came in to use.

The archaeology major will provide you with an understanding of the history of humans in a variety of times and places to give you an insight into long-term trend in human life. This major will also equip you with the intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse and interpret primary archaeological evidence in order to answer questions about prehistoric and historic societies.

The archaeology major contains broad coverage of the breadth of archaeological work, which allows you to undertake specialist training in one of three regional areas: Australia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East/central Asia. Practical field and laboratory methods are taught, and there are opportunities to participate in fieldwork units locally and around the world, as well as in one of our intensive Summer Schools program in Athens or Rome.

Archaeology is a dynamic discipline that has revolutionised our understanding of the human past. Evidence is continuously unearthed and reveals unexpected and exciting glimpses of ancient life. This major allows you to explore these vistas of human existence and to learn how archaeologists bring life to past societies.

Graduate opportunities

Studying Archaeology can prepare you for many different careers. If you want to become a professional archaeologist, it can lead to a range of jobs, from field archaeology and museology, to academia, conservation, and heritage consultancy. If, on the other hand, your interests in Archaeology are non-vocational, an Archaeology major provides a stimulating tertiary education qualification which will equip you with the intellectual, social, organisation, communication and other key skills that employers look for when appointing graduates.

Examples include:

  • Field archaeology and museology (including specialisations)
  • Archivist
  • Academic or researcher
  • Conservation officer
  • Historian
  • Heritage or environmental consultant
  • Journalist or writer
  • Librarian
  • Museum or gallery curator
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

CRICOS

000705M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $39,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 August 2020

Venue

The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

160 City Road, Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02),

DARLINGTON,

New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a ATAR score: 28 -40; English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 565 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities