Studying at the Institute of Archaeology

The Institute of Archaeology is recognised for the excellence of its teaching and student experience as reflected in numerous university league tables and National Student Survey results. The Institute offers Undergraduate Degrees, Masters Degrees and Research Degrees to UK/EU and overseas students. Opportunities are also available to members of the public to take courses at the Institute, to overseas and affiliate students wishing to spend some time at the Institute during their own degree programmes, and to those students requiring preparation for one of the Institute's Masters Degrees.

Undergraduate Degrees


The Institute of Archaeology's degree programmes offer an unrivalled variety of course options, covering a very diverse range of archaeological topics in both a theoretical and a practical manner. This enables our students to build a degree tailored to their individual interests, whether they have a background in the arts, the sciences, or a mixture of both. A degree at the Institute demands time and commitment; it will challenge your expectations and develop a wide range of transferable skills.

Masters Degrees


The Institute of Archaeology offers a number of MA and MSc degrees that, unless otherwise indicated, are all available either full-time over one year (twelve months) or part-time over two years (both modes of study commence in late September). Some of the information that you need to apply for a graduate study at UCL is available from the central UCL website but our departmental pages here give you detailed background information about the Instititute, our staff, students and degree programmes.

Research Degrees


The Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for graduate studies in archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain. Together, over 140 research students and 70 academic staff create a diverse and vibrant community that also benefits from the vast array of resources and facilities at UCL and throughout London. There are few other settings in the world that can boast such a stimulating context for advanced research and learning.

Continuing Education


As a world leader in archaeological research and education, the Institute of Archaeology offers an unrivalled range and depth of courses covering all aspects of archaeology. A wide range of courses run by the Institute of Archaeology are available to Continuing Education (CE) students. These students may take one or two courses from a selection of Undergraduate and Masters modules in the Department.

Affiliate Students


A Semester or Junior Year Abroad at the Institute of Archaeology is a unique opportunity to experience a world class programme in Archaeology. Unlike many Study Abroad programmes, affiliate students attend the same classes, and are treated the same as the Institute’s regular degree seeking students. The Institute also offers courses of special interest to affiliate students based in other Departments at UCL, including Ancient Egypt in London and London before the Great Fire of 1666.

Graduate Diploma


The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology is designed to give students two options: as a stand-alone route, it provides an academic qualification for students who already hold a first degree in a non-archaeology subject and would like to have a further qualification or a conversion to an archaeology qualification and as a foundation year, it provides the preparation for an MA degree in archaeology for those students who hold a first degree in subjects other than archaeology.


Contract archaeology

The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within our degrees give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. Many gain employment within archaeological units or pursue further qualifications and careers in Museums, Heritage, Conservation, Archaeometry etc.  The transferable skills acquired also provide a strong foundation for careers in business, the civil service, teaching, the media.  Specialist support is provided, complimenting UCL Careers Service.