Further information

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.

Most practical classes for this degree are held in the Institute's Archaeological Computing and GIS (AGIS) laboratory. This lab. contains 10 networked workstations. These have quad core processors, 8Gb RAM and wide-screen TFT monitors; they run Microsoft Windows 7. All access filespace on a Linux-based fileserver and network printing facilities, and can also be used to access central UCL Microsoft Windows (Remote Cluster WTS) and Sun Microsystems Solaris services. The fileserver offers 32Gb RAM, 4 cores and 8Tb of disk space. An additional workstation offering 6 cores and 64Mb RAM is available for long-running processes relating to staff or student research. The laboratory also contains an A3 colour multifunction printer, an A0 colour scanner, an A4 flatbed scanner and an A1 digitising table. A range of GIS and other software is available, including ArcGIS, GRASS, gvSIG, ENVI, Landserf, QGIS , Autodesk Map 3D, Geoplot, LISCAD, PostGIS/PostgreSQL, Repast, R and Adobe Creative Suite.

This room accommodates classes of up to 20 with duplicate teaching. Larger classes are held in UCL's other dedicated computer clusters (both Windows and Unix). Great efforts are also made to facilitate study from home, using thin client services, web-based materials and virtual learning environments (VLEs). Additional facilities, software and expertise can be found in the Departments of Geography and Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, the Chorley Institute, the Virtual Reality Centre and the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

The teaching staff for this degree bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.

  • Mark Lake has wide experience in Open Source GIS, software development, agent-based computer simulation and spatial statistics. He is also co-author of the widely-used textbook, Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology.
  • Andrew Bevan has a strong background in GIS applications for archaeological landscape survey (applied to a variety of parts of the world) and in spatial analysis techniques that are better tuned to the character of archaeological data.
  • Mark Altaweel has research interests in GIS modelling of land-use, agent-based simulation and computational social science.
  • Kris Lockyear specialises in geophysical prospection techniques, digital topographic survey and the appropriate design and use of relational databases.

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 advanced GIS and computational research provides an exciting context for inter-disciplinary cooperation. Masters students also benefit directly from the collaborations we have established with other institutions and GIS specialists in, for example, Canada, Germany, Italy and Greece as well as with several commercial archaeological units in the UK.

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

After you leave

  • Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs. Of these, some continue to pursue GIS and/or spatial analysis techniques as a core research interest, while others use the skills and inferential rigour they acquired during their Masters as a platform for more wide-ranging doctoral research. These have been with UCL and elsewhere in the UK, but also at universities in Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United States.
  • Other graduates have gone on to work in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations worldwide. These include specialist careers in national governmental or heritage organisations, commercial archaeology units, planning departments and museums, as well as major consulting companies.
  • Download a leaflet about potential career destinations here»

Further Information and Application Forms

  • Applications are normally accepted any time from 1st November to 28th July unless there are no longer any places available.
  • For further details, please email Mark Lake , or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admission Tutor.

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