Facilities and Staff
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. Lectures and practical classes take place at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Students benefit from access to extensive skeletal, dental and pathology reference collections as well as a substantial range of casts and replicas to illustrate forensic cases, age estimation and sex estimation. There is a full set of equipment for measurements and scanning of the skeleton and dentition; laboratory photography; an x-ray facility; a thin sectioning laboratory; facilities for transmitted light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Students are also taken on visits to specialist museum collections in London, including: the British Museum anthropological collections; the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons; the Gordon Museum at Guy's Hospital; and the UCL Pathology Collections at the Royal Free Hospital.
The teaching staff for this degree bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.
- Simon Hillson's main interest is in the biology of humans and other mammals in the past. Bones make up the majority of archaeological evidence for this, but he has focused particularly on teeth, because they survive well in archaeological contexts and yield a much greater amount of information. He is the author of several textbooks, including ‘Teeth’, ‘Dental anthropology’ and, most recently ‘Tooth development in human evolution and bioarchaeology’ (all published by Cambridge University Press).
- Tony Waldron comes from a medical background and has extensive expertise in palaeopathology and palaeoepidemiology. He has analyzed the skeletal remains from numerous archaeological excavations and has published ‘Palaeoepidemiology’ (Left Coast Press) and ‘Palaeopathology’ (Cambridge University Press).
- Carolyn Rando has a background in both bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, with interests in skeletal biomechanics, human/environment interactions and palaeopathology of children, focusing primarily on human remains from the past 2000 years. She is currently working on a number of forensic anthropological papers, with topics ranging from sex estimation in metatarsals, analysis of trauma in burnt remains, explosive distribution patterns, and bias in forensic anthropology.
Other staff at the Institute with expertise in particular techniques or topics also contribute to our degree programme, and at a larger scale, the significant number of other UCL departments engaged in related subjects provides an exciting context for inter-disciplinary cooperation.
- 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
After you leave
- Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs, while others graduates have gone on to work in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations as osteoarchaeological specialists.
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Further Information and Application Forms
- For further details, please email Simon Hillson, or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor.