The degree is available either full-time over one academic year or part-time over two academic years (commencing September). It comprises three core courses (15 credits each), three further option courses (totaling 45 credits) chosen by the student in consultation with the degree coordinator, plus a dissertation of 15,000 words prepared on a germane topic, with guidance from an assigned supervisor. Throughout the year, students discuss their progress individually with a personal tutor.

Core Courses

All students must take the following:

  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313; 15 credits; 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193; 15 credits; 11weeks)

Option Courses
From an outstanding range of Master course options, students choose options worth 60 units of credit (usually four 15-credit courses). At least 45 credits must be made up from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme. The remaining 15 credits may also come from this list or can be chosen from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, or more widely within UCL and the University of London, including the UCL History Department, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and King’s College London, subject to prior approval by the degree coordinator. All options are subject to availability and resources (please note not all courses are available every year).

  • Intangible Dimensions of Museum Objects from Egypt (ARCLG342, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The emergence of villages and urban societies (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the Near East: City-states and Empires (ARCLG270, 5 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology and Heritage (ARCLG354, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretic Approach (ARCLG200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Middle Egyptian language (ARCLG328, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Asia (ARCLG274, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates

    (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks) (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

  • Mediterranean Prehistory (ARCLG205, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • Mediterranean Dynamics (ARCLG206; 15 credits; 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean (ARCLG345, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonizations, Copper and City-states (by arrangement with King’s College)
  • Introductory Akkadian (by arrangement with SOAS, 30 credits, 22 weeks). Please note this course runs alternate years, please contact the Degree Co-ordinator regarding availability.  
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Subject to availability, students on this course may also take the following options in UCL's Department of Ancient History: 

  • Continuity and change in the Ancient Near East, Part 1: The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires (15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Continuity and change in the Ancient Near East, Part 2: The Achaemenid and Seleucid Empires (15 credits, 11 weeks) 


A dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits) will be prepared by the student on a suitable topic, resulting from individual, in-depth research with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

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