Institute of Archaeology


MA Mediterranean Archaeology

Co-ordinator: Corinna Riva

Major Contributors: Corisande Fenwick, Borja Legarra Herrero and Todd Whitelaw

The Mediterranean, the world’s largest inland sea and the interface of Europe, Africa and western Asia, is one of the major crucibles of cultural, economic and political change in world history, a focus of scholarship for all periods between the Palaeolithic and the present, and a place where the past plays a critical role in the present, as well as in the creation of a viable future. This degree is the leading programme of its kind in the world. It draws on the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s unique breadth and depth of research and teaching expertise in this field, which ensures students benefit from small-group seminars and hands-on supervision with the ability to choose from a pool of at least a dozen teaching staff members. The programme also draws its strengths from the Institute’s teaching and research in cultural heritage, museum studies and conservation which support the study of the past in relation to the present, cultural heritage and the practice of archaeology today.  The unique library and museum resources that include the British Museum, and seminars, lectures and events on offer across London, from other institutions and visiting scholars, all make the Institute a world-leading department to pursue Mediterranean archaeology and its cultural heritage.

Based on our unparallelled breadth of expertise and number of scholars working in the region from Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, to the Aegean, Egypt and the Levant, this MA degree is able to provide a unique approach to the Mediterranean as a whole, from prehistory (with selective examples from deep prehistory) through classical antiquity until the early Medieval period to the present, its cultural heritage and the ethical challenges of archaeological practice. Its framework is explicitly holistic and interpretative, offering an understanding of Mediterranean archaeology in the broadest of senses, and investigating how the Mediterranean’s traditionally-defined sub-regions fit into and in turn shaped this wider picture. The programme encourages comparisons of places and periods, the application of multidisciplinary approaches and inquiry into the ethical and heritage issues facing the region today. Students are encouraged to embark on innovative dissertation projects drawing on the expertise of more than 50 members of the Institute’s teaching staff (from heritage and museum studies to archaeological sciences), and using the resources unique to the department such as current field projects in the Mediterranean, our own collection of archaeological material and collaborative efforts with the British Museum.

The MA provides students with wide-ranging expertise in the Mediterranean as well as a broad set of skills to enable students to pursue varied future paths. Many of our students have gone on to PhD degree programmes in archaeology and found employment in public and heritage sectors and the wider economy.

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

MA Mediterranean Archaeology

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time students typically take core modules in year one and choose optional modules in year two.

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 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 particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or history who wish to develop their skills, although other previous pathways are carefully considered too.

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 Mediterranean Archaeology
  • why you want to study Mediterranean Archaeology 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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