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 Institute is exceptionally well equipped with extensive laboratory facilities, in particular the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories, which were opened in 1991 and extensively refurbished in 2004. These laboratories provide excellent facilities for the examination and analysis of a wide variety of archaeological materials. They form a collection of labs that is unparalleled in science-based archaeology within the UK and Europe.
Furthermore, the Institute of Archaeology houses fine teaching and reference collections, some of which are analysed by MSc students for their dissertations. They include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world as well as collections of Classical Greek and Roman ceramics. Collections of minerals and other materials form part of the teaching resource for the study of early technology. Western Asiatic material includes the famous Petrie collection of Palestinian artefacts excavated by Sir Flinders Petrie, and from Jericho, material excavated by the renowned Kathleen Kenyon.
A typical asset of this degree is the diversity of student backgrounds, including both archaeologists and scientists. In addition, there is usually a strong international presence, which is reflected in the wide range of research topics covered in student dissertations. Students also benefit from the involvement of Institute’s staff in a wide range of international projects, providing fieldwork opportunities, research material, and relevant contacts and supervision. Research material is also available through our collaborations with other institutions, including the British Museum and the LAARC.
- A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.
While you are here
After you leave
Given our strong emphasis on research training, many of our MSc graduates obtain further research positions after their complete their degree and nearly half of our MSc students go on to conduct PhD research, either at UCL or elsewhere. Their projects are generally concerned with the technology and/or provenance of ceramics, metals or glass in different regions and periods, but most of them involve scientific approaches in combination with traditional fieldwork and/or experimental archaeology.
Some of our graduates are now teaching archaeometry or ancient technologies at different universities in the UK and abroad. Others work as conservation scientists in museums and heritage institutions, or as finds specialists, research assistants and consultants employed by archaeological field units or academic research projects.
Further Information and Application Forms
- Applications are normally accepted any time from 1st November to 1st August unless there are no longer any places available.
- For further details, please email the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor.