MA Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
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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For more details on the Programme structure, including module information, use the link below.
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 Students website.
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.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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, anthropology or cultural/human geography is also suitable.
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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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