Degree structure



This degree comprises a core course, several option courses and a dissertation, each of which is described in greater detail below. Teaching for this degree is primarily by lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and museum/site visits.

Core Course

Students all take the following core course:

  • Public Archaeology (ARCLG056, 30 credits, 22 weeks)

Option Courses

You are then able to choose further option courses to the value of 60 credits. At least one of these must be made up from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme. The other 30 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 (subject to availability and resources). Students are not advised to take 'Cultural Heritage' (the core course of the MA in Cultural Heritage Studies) as an option as there are certain overlaps in content. Please note that some core courses are normally only available to those enrolled for the degree in question. If you wish to take a core course from another degree as an option certain restrictions may apply. Please consult your course co-ordinator before making your options choice. Full descriptions of the options may be found by following the links below.

  • Antiquities and the law (ARCLG185, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Applied Heritage Management (ARCL233, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology and Education (ARCLG186, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict (ARCLG217, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of the Modern World (ARCLG355, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cultural Heritage, Globalisation and Development (ARCL209, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cultural Memory (ARCLG175, 15 credits, 11 weeks) - subject to space
  • Heritage Ethics & Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean (ARCLG357,  15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Key Topics in the Archaeology of the Americas (ARCLG350, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCLG127, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Managing Museums (ARCLG065, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Museum and Site Interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues (ARCLG194, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Please note not all courses are available every year.


(90 credits) - Students are also asked to write a dissertation (15,000 words) on any approved topic relevant to the degree and the taught components. It is produced as a result of an individual research project undertaken during the course. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

  • public archaeology in a transition country such as the Republic of Moldova
  • how the past is used to create history in post-colonial nation such as Belize
  • archaeology, identity and consumerism at Tintagel, Cornwall
  • the generation and consumption of WWII heritage in twenty-first century Britain
  • evaluation and monitoring practices in UK Heritage Funding

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