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Facilities

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.

Funding Opportunities

  • For details of Departmental funding opportunities please click here
  • A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.

While you are here

Where are our graduates now?

Given our strong emphasis on research training, many of our MSc graduates take on further research positions after their degree, and over half of our MSc students go on to conduct PhD research. 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, artefact studies, computing, conservation, heritage science and/or experimental archaeology. Some of our graduates are now teaching archaeometry or ancient technologies at different institutions, or as finds specialists, researchers and consultants employed by archaeological field units or academic research projects. Examples of career destinations for our graduates include: · Curatorial Assistant at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK · Researcher at the National Museum of Korea · Head of Collections at the Gold Museum, Bogota, Colombia · Archaeological Scientist at the Australian Institute of Archaeology · Research scientist at The British Museum, London, UK · AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL, UK · Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China · Marie Curie Research Fellows at several European universities Our graduates develop an unusual combination of research and transferable skills, including critical abilities, team working, multimedia communication, numerical thinking and the use of advanced analytical instruments. By the end of the degree, graduates should be as comfortable in a laboratory as in a museum and or an archaeological site. They become acquainted with research design and impementation, ethical issues and comparative approaches to world archaeology through direct exposure to an enormous variety of projects. The range of options available allows students to tailor their pathways towards different career prospects in archaeology and beyond.

Given our strong emphasis on research training, many of our MSc graduates take on further research positions after their degree, and over half of our MSc students go on to conduct PhD research. 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, artefact studies, computing, conservation, heritage science and/or experimental archaeology.

Some of our graduates are now teaching archaeometry or ancient technologies at different institutions, or as finds specialists, researchers and consultants employed by archaeological field units or academic research projects.

Examples of career destinations for our graduates include:

  • Curatorial Assistant at the Pitt-Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK
  • Researcher at the National Museum of Korea
  • Head of Collections at the Gold Museum, Bogota, Colombia Archaeological Scientist at the Australian Institute of Archaeology
  • Research scientist at The British Museum, London, UK AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate at UCL, UK
  • Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China
  • Marie Curie Research Fellows at several European universities

Our graduates develop an unusual combination of research and transferable skills, including critical abilities, team working, multimedia communication, numerical thinking and the use of advanced analytical instruments. By the end of the degree, graduates should be as comfortable in a laboratory as in a museum and or an archaeological site. They become acquainted with research design and implementation, ethical issues and comparative approaches to world archaeology through direct exposure to an enormous variety of projects. The range of options available allows students to tailor their pathways towards different career prospects in archaeology and beyond.

Where can I find more information?

Contact the degree co-ordinator, Marcos Martinón-Torres


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