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Structure

Handbook

Courses

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 (0.5 units each), three further option courses (totaling 1.5 units) 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.

Core courses

All students must take the following:

  • Mediterranean Dynamics (G206; 15 credits; 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (G193; 15 credits; 11weeks)
  • EITHER Mediterranean Prehistory (G205) OR The Mediterranean in the Iron Age (G202) (both 15 credits and 11 weeks)

Option Courses

From an outstanding range of Master course options, students choose options worth 45 units of credit (usually three 15-credit courses, but alternatively one 30-credit and one 15-credit course). At least two options must be taken from the following list; subject to prior approval by the degree coordinators, a third can be taken from the overall spectrum of options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology or more widely within UCL and the University of London.

  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonizations, Copper and City-states (by arrangement with King’s College)
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (G203, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation (ARCLG067, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (G218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Holocene Africa (G230, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretic Approach (G200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East (G181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Mediterranean Prehistory (G205, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (G269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (G270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Rethinking Classical Art: Sociological and Anthropological Approaches (ARCLG053, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (G226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States (G195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean (G196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (G202, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current topics (G194, 15 credits)

Dissertation

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

Possible dissertation topics:

This is a new degree. Dissertations vary enormously but will typically develop the intellectual, methodological and comparative aspects of a question and combine this with an in-depth analysis of the rich data furnished by the Mediterranean. Approaches that break new ground or explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged.


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