Degree structure



The degree is available either full-time over one calendar year or part-time over two calendar years (commencing September). It comprises two core courses, several options and a dissertation, each of which is explained in greater detail below.

Core Courses

All students must take the following:

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics (ARCLG194, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students choose to follow further option courses up to the value of 60 credits from an outstanding range of Masters course options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. For this degree, most options listed under other degrees are available to students on the MA Archaeology degree, so please check the full list here. Please note not all courses are available every year. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (ARCLG203, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict (ARCLG217, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of the Modern World (ARCLG355, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Archaeology of Buddhism (ARCL277, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology and Education (ARCLG186, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks) - subject to space
  • Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from the Emergence of Modern Humans (ARCLG128, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Aztec Archaeology: Codices and Ethnohistory (ARCLG201, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Conquest of Mexico (spang021 (by arrangement with School of European Languages, Culture and Society), 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Heritage Ethics & Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean (ARCLG357,  15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting Pottery (ARCLG112, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Key Topics in the Archaeology of the Americas (ARCLG350, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art (ARCLG340, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art (ARCLG341, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Maya Art, Architecture and Archaeology (ARCLG158, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Medieval Archaeology: Select Topics and Current Problems (ARCLG004, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Prehistoric Stone Artefact Analysis (ARCLG113, 15 credits, 4 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt (ARCL226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The Emergence of Villages and Urban Societies (ARCL269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology and Heritage (ARCLG354, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean (ARCLG345, 15 credits, 11 weeks)


(90 credits) - All students are asked to write a dissertation (15,000 words long) which is the result of an individual research project undertaken during the degree. This can be on any approved topic relevant to the degree and will usually build-on the taught components selected. Students are assigned a Supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past projects include:

  • a historical analysis of leading figures in British field archaeology
  • a spatial and GIS analysis on street features of Pompeii
  • a comparison of the incorporation of new provinces in the Chimu and Inka empires
  • an analysis of Assyrian texts and icons in relation to images of kingship
  • a stylistic and functional analysis of pottery from Aegean Bronze Age sites

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