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Archaeology infographic - c. 18 admitted per year at Cambridge, no specific subject requirements, c. 1-2 admitted per year at Pembroke



Course requirements

Archaeology spans a very broad subject area, and the course allows study of topics ranging across the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. Applicants with almost any combination of subjects can apply; there are no specific required or recommended subjects. Applications are welcome from applicants 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 process

Applicants will normally expect two interviews – one with the Director of Studies, who is usually accompanied by another specialist member of staff, and one with another non-expert academic. 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 at schools. Applicants should, however, be prepared to discuss their relevant interests and the potential direction they wish to follow.

All applicants will take an at-interview assessment and this will be based on the reading of material.  This assessment is an hour long and is designed to assess the ability to interpret text and to write clearly and effectively. No preparation or prior knowledge is required.

Applicants will also be required to submit two pieces of written work. Further details can be found on the following website:, and any enquiries should be address to: or to the Admissions Office at Pembroke College: email

Go to the Archaeology faculty website