Institute of Archaeology


MA Archaeology and Heritage of Egypt and the Middle East

Co-ordinator: David Wengrow

UCL is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in the archaeology and cultural heritage of Egypt and the Middle East. Our faculty includes over twenty researchers with expertise in these regions, from prehistory to the present, as well as instruction in relevant ancient languages and scripts. We have a distinguished and ongoing history of active fieldwork throughout the Middle East and North-East Africa, and lead the way in developing new theoretical perspectives on the archaeology and heritage of these regions. UCL is also an international centre for research in cultural heritage, conservation and museum studies, where the study of the past is critically related to the concerns of the present.

Egyptian and Middle Eastern archaeology at UCL are embedded in the vibrant research environment of London’s Bloomsbury Campus, in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world. On your doorstep you will find the research facilities and collections of the British Museum, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Egypt Exploration Society, and the Institute’s own extensive collections from the study region, including the Petrie Palestinian Collection. Your instructors on this degree will be internationally excellent scholars whose research is at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

UCL’s wide range of archaeological expertise provides a unique opportunity to study Egypt and the Middle East in a truly comparative context, and with a sensitivity to the contemporary circumstances and recent history of the study region, including the legacy of colonialism and the ethical challenges of archaeological research. In addition to taught courses, students have the opportunity to develop a program and research dissertation tailored to individual interests. These may include the application of new skills in archaeological science, exploring new theoretical and comparative perspectives, critical approaches to the use of museum collections and archives, representations of the past in museums and the media, or the contestation of cultural heritage in the present.

The program is ideally suited to students seeking to combine advanced study of Egyptian and/or Middle Eastern archaeology with new technical and interpretative skills, including an understanding of the frameworks of practice and policy through which cultural heritage is managed and presented in these regions today. Previous UCL graduates in these areas have regularly gone on to doctoral research, or found employment in related areas, the public and heritage sectors, and the wider economy. With its international staff and student body, the Institute of Archaeology is well known for its welcoming atmosphere, challenging intellectual climate, and supportive feedback structure. It is regularly rated top among UK archaeology departments for student experience.

Programme Structure

For more information about the Programme structure, including module details, please use the link below.

MA Archaeology and Heritage of Egypt and the Middle East

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,140 (FT) £5,120 (PT)
£21,160 (FT) £10,740 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in archaeology or a related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Institute of Archaeology Master's Awards: a small number of grants up to the value of £1,000 are available for the academic year 2018/19. All UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students with an offer to start any Master's degree offered by the IoA are eligible to apply. For an application form please email Lisa Daniel. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The degree is ideally suited for students seeking a strong foundation for a research degree, and offers unique opportunities to combine specialist regional knowledge with the acquisition of new skills in archaeological methods and techniques, or in the wider field of cultural heritage studies.

Application deadlines
All applicants
27 July 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Archaeology of Egypt and the Middle East at graduate level
  • why you want to study Archaeology of Egypt and the Middle East at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Degree last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

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