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Degree structure

Handbook

Courses

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 Issues (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, some of the most popular choices include:

  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (ARCLG203, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict (ARCLG217, 15credits, 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)
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity (ARCLG092, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from Emergence of Modern Humans (ARCLG128, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeometallurgy II: Metallic artefacts (ARCLG109, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Aztec archaeology: codices and ethnohistory (ARCLG201, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cities, states and religions in Ancient India (ARCLG276, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Africa (ARCLG230, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Conquest of Mexico (spang021 (by arrangement with School of European Languages, Culture and Society), 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Dendrochronology and tree-ring studies (ARCLG231, 30 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological perspectives (c.10,000-2500 BC) (ARCLG198, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Experimental Archaeology (ARCLG220, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting pottery (ARCLG112, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Lithic Analysis (ARCLG113, 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)
  • Near Eastern material cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCL269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern material cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCL270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt (ARCL226, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • The Aegean from first farmers to Minoan states (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Archaeology of complex urban sites: Analytical and interpretative techniques (ARCL219, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • The late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCLG196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean world in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • World Rock Art: from Palaeolithic to Present (ARCLG229, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Dissertation

(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 course. This can be on any approved topic relevant to the degree and to 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 function analysis of pottery from Aegean Bronze Age sites

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