The degree is available either full-time over one calendar year or part time over two calendar years (commencing in September).
This degree comprises a core course, several option courses, a dissertation and placement, each of which is described in greater detail below. Teaching for this degree is primarily by lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and site visits.

Core courses

All students must take the following:

  • Themes in urban archaeology (ARCLG222, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • The archaeology of complex urban sites: analytical and interpretative techniques (ARCLG219, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, thought and theory in world archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students are then able to choose further option courses to the value of 30 credits. Below are option courses recommended for this degree programme, but the options may be selected from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (subject to availability and resources). Please note that some core courses are normally only available to those enrolled for the degree in question and so if you wish to take a core course from another degree as an options certain restrictions may apply. Please consult the relevant course co-ordinator before making your option choices.

  • Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates

    (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks) (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

  • Applied Heritage Management (ARCL233, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Approaches to artefact studies (ARCLG120, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological approaches to the human use of space (ARCLG116, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexities (ARCLG255, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Environmental Archaeology in Practice (ARCLG188, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Geoarchaeology; methods and concepts I (ARCLG104, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • GIS in Archaeology and History (ARCLG090, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • GIS Approaches to Past Landscape (ARCLG091, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting Pottery - lecture & Practicals (ARCLG112, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 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)
  • Research skills for spatial analysis (ARCLG118, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Social Complexity in Early China: from the Neolithic to the Early Empire (further information to follow, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Spatial Statistics, Network Analysis and Human History (ARCLG117, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean (ARCLG345, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Zooarchaeology in practice (ARCLG184, 15 credits, 11 weeks)


(90 credits) - The dissertation (15,000 words) is produced as a result of an individual research project undertaken during the course.  The dissertation may be written on any approved topic relevant to the degree. Students are assigned a Supervisor to guide them through the main stages of the work. 

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