Degree Structure


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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, three further option courses chosen by the student and a dissertation. More detail on each of these components is offered below.

Core Course

All students must take the following:

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in Archaeology; Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Asia (ARCLG274, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological Heritage Management in Asia (ARCLG275, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students take three further option courses to the value of 45 credits. These can be selected from the outstanding range of Masters course options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, but for this degree, the normal choices include:

  • Archaeology and Education (ARCLG186, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity (ARCLG092, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Buddhism (ARCLG277, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cities, States and Religion in Ancient India (ARCLG276, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage (ARCLG234, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in China (ARCLG329, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cultural Memory (ARCLG175, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing Museums (ARCLG065, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCLG127, 30 credits, 22 weeks) 
  • Public Archaeology (ARCLG056, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Social Complexity in Early China: from the Neolithic to the Early Empire

    (ARCLG278, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques (ARCLG219, 15 credits, 11 weeks)


(90 credits) - All students are asked to write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a suitable research topic, with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

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