Institute of Archaeology


MSc Environmental Archaeology

Co-ordinator: Michele Wollstonecroft
Other Major Contributors: Dorian Fuller, Louise Martin, Manuel Arroyo-Kalin

The UCL Institute of Archaeology has a long research and training tradition in environmental archaeology, going back its roots in the 1940s. Zooarchaeology and geoarchaeology have been part of the Institute’s research profile since that time and archaeobotanical research began here in the 1960s. As a result the institute has well-established laboratory facilities and reference collections. This current MSc aims to:

  • To provide participants with a theoretical understanding of research questions and methodologies in the study past human-environment interactions, including subsistence and subsistence change. Background in the study Temporal and spatial patterns and processes of community ecology, landscape change and agricultural systems will be provided.
  • To provide participants taking the MSc qualification with training in research methods relevant to environmental archaeology, including general familiarity with evidence from archaeobotany, archaeozoology and geoarchaeology.
  • To provide practical training in laboratory practice of at least one environmental archaeological science (archaeozoology, geoarchaeology or archaeobotany)
  • To enable degree holders to pursue specialized research on archaeological data relating to past environments and/or subsistence.

Students will gain practical experience in laboratory analysis of samples of at least one of the following: identification of animal bones, identification of plant macro-remains, sedimentological analyses. Students will also be taught to understand stratigraphic formation processes and their implications for developing sampling strategies, in part through archaeological site visit(s). Students will be prepared to collect and analyse data using appropriate methods and to report scientific results to publication standards.

Programme Structure

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

MSc Environmental Archaeology

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,410 (FT) £5,240 (PT)
£21,440 (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 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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Institute of Archaeology Master's Awards: A small number of grants up to the value of £1,000 are available for the academic year 2018/19. All UK/EU and Overseas fee paying students with an offer to start any Master's degree offered by the IoA are eligible to apply. For an application form please email Lisa Daniel. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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 or a relevant subject who wish to develop skills and training in research methods relevant to environmental archaeology, and to gain practical training in laboratory practice in the areas of archaeozoology, geoarchaeology or archaeobotany.

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:

  • why you want to study Environmental Archaeology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Environmental 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.

Applicants need a general archaeological background to be eligible for direct entry onto this degree. Applicants without this may wish to consider our Graduate Diploma in the first instance. 

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