Institute of Archaeology


MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia

Co-ordinator: Yijie Zhuang
Other Major Contributors: Dorian Fuller, Julia Shaw and Tim Williams

This program offers a unique comparative perspective on Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia). It draws on cutting edge archaeological research and addresses the latest issues in cultural heritage management across the diverse traditions of this region. UCL’s wide range of archaeological expertise provides a unique opportunity to study Asia in a truly comparative context and for students to develop a programme and research dissertation tailored to individual interests, in relation to cultural heritage or archaeological theory, or to learn skills in an archaeological science.

Students are provided with a broad comparative overview of the archaeological understanding of different parts of Asia, especially China, South Asia (particularly India), central Asia, and southeast Asia, as well as traditions and issues in the management of cultural heritage across this region. Themes will include climate change, the late Palaeolithic and the arrival of modern humans, the “Neolithic revolution” and models linking historical linguistics and archaeology, the origins of urbanism and complex societies, climate change and adaptation, trans-Asian trade (the ‘Silk Road’), and the relevance of early written traditions on archaeological interpretations. How these various archaeologically reconstructed pasts are used, managed and promoted in modern political and economic contexts will be addressed in cultural heritage components of the course, while cultural heritage priorities can be considered in relation to the varied emphases in primary archaeological research across the region. While all students will get a broad geographical and comparative background on the archaeology and cultural heritage of these regions, the option courses allow focus in further depth on a particular region, such as China or India, a topic, such as cultural heritage or archaeological theory, or the development of practical skills.

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Programme Structure

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

MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia

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 Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or a related subject (e.g. geography, history, anthropology) 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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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?

This programme is expected to appeal to non-Asian students wishing to extend their expertise on one or more regions and periods but also to Asian students who want to understand British perspectives on the region. Ideally students will have a background in archaeology or museum studies, but history or anthropology is also suitable.

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:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
  • why you want to study Archaeology and Heritage of Asia at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs

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.

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