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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 (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.

Core Course

All students must take the following

  • Archaeology of the Middle East: Pattern and Process (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193; 15 credits; 11weeks)
  • EITHER Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks), OR: Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCL270, 15 credits, 11 weeks), OR: Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

From an outstanding range of Masters 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 are normally 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.

  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCLG270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Asia (ARCLG274, 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 Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCLG196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonizations, Copper and City-states (by arrangement with King’s College)
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation (ARCLG067, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Africa (ARCLG230, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives (ARCLG198, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach (ARCLG200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Rethinking Classical Art: Sociological and Anthropological Approaches (ARCLG053, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current topics (ARCLG194, 15 credits)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology (ARCLG222, 30 credits)

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

  • Ancient Near Eastern Religion (HIST7113 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Change and continuity in the Ancient Near East in the first millennium BC: the Assyrian and Babylonian empires (15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Power and knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia (HIST7110 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Dissertation

(90 credits) 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. Dissertations will vary enormously but 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 main study region. Approaches that break new ground or explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged.

Examples of past projects include:

  • the experience, use and meaning of light in ancient Mesopotamia
  • rethinking the impact of Assyrian imperialism upon secondary states in the Iron Age Levant
  • constructing communities and creating social relationships in Neolithic Anatolia
  • structural dynamics of ritual sacrifice in the Middle Bronze Age Levant
  • comparing the role of Cyprus and Bahrain in Bronze Age metal trade


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