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Would you choose Oxbridge for studying Archaeology? If no, where is the best place to study it in the UK?


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Depends on what sort of course you want to do. There is no 'best' course, only the best course that fits your interests and abilities.

If you check http://www.whatuni.com/ you will see that there are over 300 Archaeology courses being offered, either as a single subject or as a joint subject degree. You might also find this useful http://www.archaeologyuk.org/education/study/undergrad
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Depends on what sort of course you want to do. There is no 'best' course, only the best course that fits your interests and abilities.

If you check http://www.whatuni.com/ you will see that there are over 300 Archaeology courses being offered, either as a single subject or as a joint subject degree. You might also find this useful http://www.archaeologyuk.org/education/study/undergrad

Yes, but what should I pay attention to when picking a course?
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Yes, but what should I pay attention to when picking a course?
Some course based things to think about:
Do you want the flexibility to pick modules from other disciplines?
Do you like coursework or mainly exam-based assessment?
Which modules do they offer that seem interesting to you?
Do you want a more practical or more academic course?
What facilities do they have that could benefit you?

Then you also need to consider the university as a whole: campus vs city, how far away from home etc.
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Something true of studying archaeology at either of these is that it cannot be studied on its own from the get-go. At Oxford it is paired for its first year with Anthropology though these two can be largely decoupled thereafter. At Cambridge it is studied through HSPS and will constitute only a quarter of the first year's study. Again, there is opportunity to fine down in years 2 and 3.

You can understand that breadth requirement as good or bad according to taste, but it is there in both cases.
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Some course based things to think about:
Do you want the flexibility to pick modules from other disciplines? Yes!
Do you like coursework or mainly exam-based assessment? Both are fine.
Which modules do they offer that seem interesting to you? Egyptology- is one of them.
Do you want a more practical or more academic course? Practical, I think.
What facilities do they have that could benefit you? I have to check this out.

Then you also need to consider the university as a whole: campus vs city, how far away from home etc.

I have never studied it before, (I am a little confused)but I am really interested in it. It is a fantastic field of study.
Thank you both for your answers. What I need is some feedback. I was wondering what it is like to study archaeology.
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Something true of studying archaeology at either of these is that it cannot be studied on its own from the get-go. At Oxford it is paired for its first year with Anthropology though these two can be largely decoupled thereafter. At Cambridge it is studied through HSPS and will constitute only a quarter of the first year's study. Again, there is opportunity to fine down in years 2 and 3.

You can understand that breadth requirement as good or bad according to taste, but it is there in both cases.
Do you think it is a disadvantage that it cannot be studied on its own?) Maybe at other universities it is possble...
2 years is not enough....
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Can it be studied on its own at other universites? Do you think it is a disadvantage? 2 years is not enough...
It's certanly no "disadvantage", but it may or may not suit your tastes. Oxbridge would anyway insist, and perhaps with justification, that their 2nd and 3rd year courses are sufficiently intensive that the same amount of material will be covered as would be on an [any] Archaeology degree studied anywhere. And certainly Archaeology can be done entirely on its own at very many institutions in the UK.
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See https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/u...a-archaeology/ for one example of a single subject degree in Archaeology.

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/stu...an_archaeology for a combined subject degree in Archaeology and Egyptology.
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It's certanly no "disadvantage", but it may or may not suit your tastes. Oxbridge would anyway insist, and perhaps with justification, that their 2nd and 3rd year courses are sufficiently intensive that the same amount of material will be covered as would be on an [any] Archaeology degree studied anywhere. And certainly Archaeology can be done entirely on its own at very many institutions in the UK.
A single subject degree in Archaeology, suits me more. If I am not mistaken Egyptology is still offered there as one of the subject choices. I am looking for a broad program with varied subjects. That's very important for me.

Maybe UCL offers a single subject degree in Archaelogy? I must check it out. I jusr read in one of the forum discussions that it has the best archaeology department in the UK and maybe even in the world....
They must have study trips abroad.
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See https://www.york.ac.uk/archaeology/u...a-archaeology/ for one example of a single subject degree in Archaeology.

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/stu...an_archaeology for a combined subject degree in Archaeology and Egyptology.

Thanks a lot!
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