Institute of Archaeology


MA Archaeology

Co-ordinator: Stephen Shennan

The MA in Archaeology is the broadest of our degree programmes allowing the widest range of course options.  An integral element is a critical introduction to current archaeological theory and interpretive trends. The MA is structured around these core courses, taught through a weekly seminar discussing the historical development and current issues in archaeological theory. Additionally, students chose from a large set of graduate course options covering most world regions, time periods, and many specialised theoretical topics. A 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of the student’s choice, supervised by a member of staff, is also required. Flexibility is a strength of this MA; the degree serves as an excellent expansion of undergraduate studies or as a self-designed foundation for further post-graduate and professional work.

Programme Structure

Further information about the Programme Structure, including core and option modules can be found using the link below.

MA Archaeology

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: 23 April 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 Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university 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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Why study this degree at UCL?

What our students and staff say

Staff review

"It has been amazing to see the growth of public interest in Stonehenge and archaeology more generally in the ten years that we have been running this project."

Professor Mike Parker Pearson

Archaeology MA
Professor of Archaeology
Staff review

"Not only do I enjoy teaching and seeing my students develop throughout their time at UCL, but also I learn so much from them. Many of my recent projects and interests are inspired by them. Currently, I am highly interested in the study of neonatal and juvenile remains, both archaeological and modern. Additionally, I am also exploring the utility of CT scanning in diagnosis of ancient disease, trauma, and in forensic anthropology more generally."

Dr Carolyn Rando

Archaeology MA
UCL Institute of Archaeology

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 programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, history or classics. It will appeal to those who wish to develop the necessary skills relevant to a professional career in archaeology, and to those who want to continue to a research degree in the field.

Application deadlines
All applicants
23 April 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 at graduate level
  • why you want to study Archaeology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • 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 3 May 2018 at 11:05 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

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