Classical & Archaeological Studies


Classical & Archaeological studies students go onto a wide range of careers, so here at Kent we try to provide a wide variety of careers and employability support and guidance, including many opportunities to gain practical experience of your chosen field.

Fieldwork Practice module

Volunteering opportunities that allow you to develop practical skills are very important in our subject area. Kent offers students the chance to gain experience in excavation, survey or museum studies. Students enrolled on this module are usually supported by a SECL Archaeological Fieldwork bursary.

With lots of locations on offer, students who have no prior experience of fieldwork will likely be assigned a project in the UK, whilst more experienced students may be offered a place on an excavation abroad. Skills and experience gained range from efficient manual digging and artefact washing to site and find drawing or photography and the completing of record sheets.

Internship modules

We also offer internship modules involving a mixture of lectures, seminars, and an industry placement. Students can choose from possible internship modules, depending on their personal perference: Heritage Site Management and Conservation, and Museum Studies. By undertaking these modules, students gain knowledge of the skills needed for a career in heritage or museums and benefit from work experience placements with national and local museums and heritage organisations.

Classical & Archaeological studies also have a dedicated Archaeology technician, Lloyd Bosworth, who is able to assist with the technical side of archaeology such as  photography, illustrations, 3D laser scanning, and fieldwork support.

Our students gain a variety of employment after leaving University, and popular careers include library and museum work, teaching, archaeology, law and research institutions.  Of course many students go onto further study, including Egyptology, Maritime Archaeology, and further study in Classical and Archaeological studies.

CL690 Classical Studies and Ancient History in the Classroom (15 credits)

This module will provide you with the opportunity to combine an academic course with work experience, so you can also gain credits towards your degree. You will be placed at a secondary school which will give you an insight into a teaching career option.

Placements in a school environment will enhance your employability opportunities as you will acquire a range of skills. When recruiting new graduates, employers look for additional assets graduates have gained and that are of value to their organisation. They also look for evidence of skills and experiences that make you different from other graduate applicants.

By undertaking this module you will:

  • Develop a range of skills including work related skills demanded by graduate employers
  • Improve your confidence levels
  • Develop your employability

Enrol on the module as normal, but final admission will be via informal interviews during the spring term. Please contact Yadira Ross ( as soon as you sign up as places are limited.

Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or contact Classical & Archaeological Studies

Last Updated: 20/12/2013