Degree structure



This degree comprises three core courses and several options along with a dissertation, each of which is outlined more fully below.

Core Courses

Students are required to take the following:

  • Environmental Archaeology in Practice (ARCLG188, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Resources and Subsistence (ARCLG187, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students will be encouraged to select option courses up to the value of 60 credits. At least one of these options however must be from the following three practical courses:

  • Archaeobotanical Analysis in Practice (ARCLG101, 15 credits, intensive full week of instruction, plus additional supervisions as needed)
  • Geoarchaeology (ARCLG104, 15 credits, 4 weeks)
  • Zooarchaeology in Practice (ARCLG184, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

The remaining can be selected from the outstanding range of Masters course options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, but for this degree, the normal choices include:

  • Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from Emergence of Modern Human (ARCLG128, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Africa (ARCLG230, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Dendrochronology and tree-ring studies (ARCLG231, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Experimental Archaeology (ARCLG220, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCLG269)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCLG270)
  • The archaeology of complex urban sites: analytical and interpretative techniques (ARCLG219, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Aegean from first farmers to Minoan states (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCLG196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 


(90 credits)- All students are asked to write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic that includes practical lab-based research, with guidance from a supervisor.

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