What transferrable skills will you be taught whilst you study BA Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford?

At Oxford students cultivate a skills toolkit that gives them distinct advantages in stepping confidently into today’s globalised and fast moving job market. This toolkit contains all of the skills and behaviours you would expect a graduate to possess and list on their CV: for example, careful record-keeping, attention to detail, the ability to read critically and analytically and clear thinking. So what makes an Oxford graduate, and in particular a graduate of BA Archaeology and Anthropology, stand out from the pack?

  • Having been accepted to Oxford you have already experienced and engaged in a rigorously demanding application process which included writing personal statements, submitting written work, interviews, object tests and critiquing unfamiliar texts in front of a panel of experts and perhaps for more than one college. The experience of getting here will empower and embolden you in your next endeavours.
  • Beyond the usual undergraduate regime of lectures, tutorials and exams, our students also learn to interact, socialise and thrive within a diverse range of social and work situations ranging from structured college dinners to camping in all weathers for fieldwork that could take place anywhere in the world. Students who partake in anthropological and/or archaeological fieldwork display social ease in unfamiliar situations and have the confidence to think on their feet and show accountability for their decisions.
  • Our students gain valuable experience of working independently (in designing and conducting their own fieldwork and dissertation projects) and experience hands-on the challenges of working as part of a team during their fieldwork projects.
  • College life, weekly tutorials and essay deadlines ensure our students develop a keen work ethic and quickly learn how to prioritise their work load whilst balancing it with a dynamic social life. Oxford’s justly famous tutorial system nurtures critical thinking and strong skills in oral and written expression.
  • We encourage our students to take advantage of several internship opportunities uniquely offered to students taking our degree. Students also often get involved with running the Oxford Archaeological Society and Oxford Anthropological Society - scheduling speakers, running publicity and managing budgets.
  • Using a range of social, behavioural, biological, and other scientific research methods, our students learn to manage primary data gathered through participant observation, interviewing, analysis of material remains and ethnographic study.
  • Arch & Anth students become keen observers who know the importance of collecting data, of listening and watching what others are doing, of considering the context, of applying various explanatory models, and of adopting a broad perspective for framing an understanding of human behaviour, past and present.