Interviewing in: Archaeology & Anthropology

Background on subject


Archaeology & Anthropology encompasses the study of humankind from the origins of the human species to the present day.

At Oxford, the course is offered as a Joint Honours, but at Cambridge, Archaeology is offered as a stand-alone course with the option to take Anthropology modules.

There are no specific A-level subject requirements.

At Oxford, applicants are required to submit written work before interview.

At Cambridge, applicants are expected to take a written assessment at interview, and some colleges ask for submission of written work prior to interview.

Can I interview in this subject?

You do not have to have studied Archaeology & Anthropology at university to give a robust and rigorous practice interview in this subject. 

Volunteers from the following subjects, or similar, will also be able to deliver Archaeology & Anthropology interviews:

Interview types

There are two different types of practice interviews in Archaeology & Anthropology, which you may be asked to deliver. 

  1. Interview on 'application material' - asking the students' questions about their personal statement, or an essay they will submit as part of their application

  2. Interview on 'unseen material' - asking the students' questions on an article, study, or research paper they have not seen before, testing how they handle new material

SAMPLE Resources

Below you can access a folder of resources for conducting Archaeology & Anthropology interviews:

  1. Interview on application material - you can see a sample personal statement, highlighted with examples of questions which could be asked

  2. Interview on unseen material - you can see examples of articles which have previously been given to students, along with questions

These resources are intended for inspiration - to give you an idea of the level, length and themes of the material we use in our practice interviews. However, should you wish to use this material in the practice interviews you deliver, just let us know so we can make sure returning students haven't seen it before!

Meet one of our VOLUNTEER INTERVIEWERS: Oliver

Oliver graduated with a BA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from Merton College, Oxford.

He’s worked for OxFizz in the past, as our Schools and Parents Liaison, and has now returned to Oxford for a second undergraduate degree in Law.