Studying at the Department of Archaeology

Students of Archaeology find employment in different posts related to archaeology and cultural heritage. This education qualifies students for, among others, different tasks at the Finnish Heritage Agency, museums, Metsähallitus, universities, and private enterprises and organisations.

Students apply to the Departments of Archaeology, Cultural History, Finnish History, and European and World History through a combined admission process. During their studies, students will gain a comprehensive perception of the different historical eras and the related research, all the way from prehistory to the modern day. Archaeology offers different perspectives on and methods for studying the past and familiarises the students with the essential source materials of the discipline and how they are used.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree, the students of Archaeology possess the skills, knowledge, and conceptual abilities required for critical thinking and for producing new information. They understand the nature of Archaeological research as well as the special characteristics and different approaches of their field. The students are familiar with the most essential research traditions and methodological trends and master the Archaeological fieldwork procedures.

After completing a Master of Arts degree, the students are capable of utilising the methodological and theoretical tools of their discipline. They understand the diversity of Archaeology and perceive their own research subject as a part of a more extensive scholarly dialogue. Students with a Master’s degree are qualified to work in demanding specialist and development tasks in their field as well as in international collaborative projects.

The used learning methods include lectures, seminars, methodology courses, fieldwork, and guided independent study. At the Master’s degree stage, the study programme also includes a traineeship.