Celebrating Sheffield Archaeology’s World Ranking: Our Students and Employment

The QS World University Subject Ranking – which places Sheffield Archaeology 13th in the world! – recognises not just our research and teaching excellence but also the reputation of our department and our students when they enter employment.

The 2016 edition of the QS World University Rankings® considered the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million citations sourced from the Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database, alongside the expert opinion of 76,798 academics and 44,426 employers informed the results.

At Sheffield, we ensure that our students combine high quality research-led learning with the opportunity to develop key methodological and analytical skills in the lab and in the field. Whether through specialist modules and formal work experience, vocational pathways at the Masters level or participation in departmental field and lab-based research projects, our students are highly skilled, dynamic and confident in their approach to archaeology. Their reputation with employers speaks for itself:


From managers to technicians, the University of Sheffield is the principal source of staff for our Sheffield office. With such energised and multi-skilled graduates on our doorstep, the future of Wessex Archaeology is very bright indeed.

Andrew Norton, Regional Manager, Wessex Archaeology

Archaeology graduates from Sheffield have, and continue, to strengthen our team as we grow our business. They are well equipped for the challenges of professional archaeology and we know they will have a rigorous attention to detail, as well as bringing creative approaches to our projects.

Anna Badcock, Regional Director, ArcHeritage

As a result, Archaeology graduates from Sheffield are successful in competing for archaeological posts in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. In addition, their skills and experience are valued by employers from many different sectors including charities, finance, retail and administration, teaching, environmental work and of course the heritage sector more widely.

We have always found that work-experience and longer-term student appointments from Sheffield University are successful because of the wide-ranging and well-founded archaeological knowledge they come with, as well as a suite of transferrable skills that benefit their engagement with the National Park Authority, both for their future and for ours.

Ken Smith, Cultural Heritage Manager, Peak District National Park

As part of our continuing commitment to excellence in archaeological education and research, we are launching the Archaeology Department Strategic Board in April. The aim of the board is to ensure the alignment of the Department’s activities with the evolving needs of the cultural heritage professions. Board members include professionals in key regional and national positions in archaeology and the heritage sector.

For more information on careers with an Archaeology degree see: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/archaeology/undergraduate/career

Click to see the full QS World University Rankings® by Subject 2016: http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2016