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 - see for further details. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.
Some lectures will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons and students have access to their teaching collections and museums, including the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. At the Institute itself, students benefit from access to extensive skeletal, dental and pathology reference collections (including several complete archaeological skeletons); ageing, sexing and measuring aids; a wet chemistry laboratory; a thin sectioning and hard tissues laboratory, and facilties for transmitted light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray radiography. Field visits outside of the Institute of Archaeology are also arranged throughout the year, including a four-day mock crime scene.
The teaching staff for this degree bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.
- Roxana Ferllini specialises in the forensic skills associated with policework and/or human rights investigations. She has conducted human rights fieldwork in Rwanda, the Balkans and the Middle East and policework in Latin America and the UK. She has recently completed two major books: Forensic Archaeology and Human Rights Violations and Forensic Anthropology: Case Studies from Europe.
- 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 important osteoarchaeological books, including most recently a revised manual on archaeological approaches to Teeth.
- 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 most recently revised his well-known manual on Palaeoepidemiology.
- Wendy Birch had a career background as an anatomist before graduating from this degree programme. She has significant forensic field experience and runs the Dissecting Room in UCL's Department of Anatomy. Her research interests include, forensic entomology, facial reconstruction, tool marks inflicted on skin and bone, human decomposition especially the development of adipocere and mummification. She has a particular interest in the development of different embalming fluids and their use in preserving human and animal remains. [UCL Anatomy Laboratory Website]
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.
- A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.
- ACE Master’s Scholarship: to support a student from a newer EU country applying to the Institute of Archaeology to study on a technical or applied Master’s course.
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 (e.g. the police or NGOs) as forensic specialists.
Further Information and Application Forms
- Applications can be accepted from November and complete applications (with both references) must be submitted by 1st April at the very latest. Please contact Lisa Daniel if you are applying after this date to see if places are still available.
- For an information pack and application form please contact the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor. For more detailed questions about the degree, please email Roxana Ferllini.