MA Managing Archaeological Sites
Co-ordinator: Tim Williams
Archaeologists and heritage experts are involved in the political ramifications of how archaeological sites are used and perceived in the present. Exploring past societies, managing their physical remains, and interpreting these materials, are 21st century activities, rooted in contemporary society and its issues. Political boundaries, economic access, and development strategies are all affected by what archaeologists and heritage practioners say about the past. Thus the preservation and management of archaeological heritage has to be set within wider concerns for human dignity and human justice.
This degree examines the theory and practice of archaeological site management, the reasons for selecting sites for preservation, and the methods for successful management and conservation of a site's significance. The course explores a values-based approach, exploring issues of participatory planning, interest groups, stakeholders and power in decision-making. It draws upon a variety of case studies. By the end of the degree, students should be able to understand and apply a holistic planning process based on the recognition of a site's values. Students will learn practical approaches to a range of challenges and will master a technical vocabulary adequate to communicate with site management specialists.
The degree has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations.
The Institute is a recipient of the Conservation and Heritage Management Award, from the Archaeological Institute of America, for exceptional achievement in these fields. Students benefit from the Institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society, from the art and archaeology collections of University College London, and from the unrivalled resources of London's museums. The Institute of Archaeology supports the principles of the 1970 UNESCO Convention and the 1995 Unidroit Convention and is unique as a UK academic department in having an ethics policy concerning the illicit trade in antiquities.
For more information about the Programme structure, including details on modules, please 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 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.
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?
The programme has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at graduate level
- what do you consider to be the major challenges in this field today
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
- why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment at UCL
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