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 worth 15 credits each, and two or three option courses totalling a further 45 credits, chosen by the student in consultation with the degree coordinator. Additionally, a dissertation of 15,000 words is 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)
  • Heritage Ethics and Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean (ARCLG357; 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 45 units of credit (usually three 15-credit courses). At least 30 credits derive from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme. The remaining 15 credits may also come from this list or from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Subject to approval by the degree coordinator, courses may also be taken at other UCL departments, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and King’s College London. 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)
  • Archaeologies of Asia (ARCLG274, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates
  • (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)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonisations, Copper and City-states (by arrangement with King’s College)
  • Middle Egyptian language (ARCLG328, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Introductory Akkadian (by arrangement with SOAS, 30 credits, 22 weeks). Note this course runs alternate years; please contact the Degree Co-ordinator regarding availability

Subject to availability, students on this course may also take options in ancient Near Eastern topics in UCL's History Department.


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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