Further Information

Facilities and Staff

The Institute of Archaeology provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study, with over 290 registered Masters students and 120 MPhil/PhD students and extensive facilities. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

The teaching staff for this degree bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.

David Wengrow (Programme Coordinator) is Professor of Comparative Archaeology with a focus on Egypt, the Middle East, and neighbouring regions. His research explores early cultural transformations across the boundaries of Asia, Africa, and Europe, including the emergence of the first farming societies, states, and systems of writing. His books include The Archaeology of Early Egypt. Social Transformations in North-East Africa, 10,000-2,650 BC (Cambridge University Press) and What Makes Civilization? The Ancient Near East and the Future of the West (Oxford University Press). He is Co-Director of a field project in the Shahrizor Plain, Iraqi Kurdistan, investigating the world’s earliest transition from village to urban life.

Mark Altaweel is Lecturer in Near Eastern Archaeology. His research explores Near Eastern landscapes, computational modelling in archaeology, and the historical archaeology of Mesopotamia. He is the author of The imperial landscape of Ashur: Settlement and land use in the Assyrian heartland and project leader of the Sharizor Research Project.

Corisande Fenwick is Lecturer in Mediterranean Archaeology. Her research focuses on late antique and Islamic empires in North Africa as well as rapid documentation and heritage management in the MENA region. Currently, she directs archaeological projects at Bulla Regia in Tunisia and the UNESCO site of Volubilis in Morocco and co-directs the capacity-building project ‘Training in Action’ for Libyan and Tunisian archaeologists.  

Claudia Naeser is a Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology. As an Egyptologist and African Archaeologist, her research focuses on the Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan from prehistory to Islam, funerary archaeology, the social and political dimensions of archaeological practice, and the production, appropriation and consumption of archaeological heritage spaces in the contemporary world.

She has extended fieldwork experience in Egypt and Sudan. Currently she directs the Shalfak Archaeology Mission, excavating a Middle Kingdom Fortress in Lower Nubia. She also heads the Archaeological Mission to the Fourth Nile Cataract, which resumed salvage work in the reservoir area of the Merowe Dam in Sudan in 2016, and the Mograt Island Archaeological Mission, which undertakes research and collaborative heritage projects on Mograt, the largest Island in the Nile.

She primarily teach the archaeology of Pharaonic Egypt and Middle Egyptian language courses.

Stephen Quirke is Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Petrie Museum curator. His research focuses on the ancient Egyptian state and society and on Egyptian heritage. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The UCL Lahun Papyri (three volumes with Mark Collier), Titles and bureaux of Egypt, 1850-1700, Going out in daylight (prt m hrw): the ancient Egyptian book of the dead. Translations, sources, meanings, and Hidden hands: Egyptian workforces in Petrie excavation archives, 1880-1924.

Alice Stevenson is a Senior Lecturer in Museums Studies. She has held previous posts as the Curator of UCL's Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and as a Researcher in World Archaeology at the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum. She has written extensively on themes in prehistoric Egyptian archaeology, the history and ethics of archaeology, and has recently led the AHRC-funded 'Artefacts of Excavation'  project exploring the history and legacy of the distribution of finds from British excavations in Egypt.

Karen Wright (=Katherine Wright) is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology. Her research centres on the Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages of the Near East, especially the evolution of sedentism, households, villages and early urban societies, with special focus on social organization, craft production, craft specialization, food processing and personal ornaments. She pioneered comparative technological analysis and interpretation of stone artefacts in which abrasion was a major manufacturing technique (‘ground stone’ artefacts, eg milling tools, stone vessels, maceheads, stone beads). She has participated in fieldwork in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. She has led research teams for ground stone artefact analysis at Catalhoyuk and other prehistoric sites and has analysed materials from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Iraq and Iran.

Other staff with expertise in the archaeology and heritage of Egypt, the Middle East, and neighbouring regions are listed below. Many teach courses associated with this degree and may be available for supervising dissertations:

Andrew Reid

Andrew Bevan

Beverley Butler

Robert Carter (UCL Qatar)

Sue Colledge

Corisande Fenwick

Dorian Fuller

Andrew Garrard

Kevin MacDonald

Louise Martin

Dominic Perring

Rachael Sparks

Alice Stevenson

Todd Whitelaw

Tim Williams

Funding Opportunities

For details of Departmental funding opportunities please click here

A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.

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Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs while others have pursued an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.

Further Information and Application Forms

There is no specific deadline for this degree. Applications are normally accepted anytime from 1st November to 1st August unless there are no longer any places available. For further details, please email David Wengrow, or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor.

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