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.
Most practical classes for this degree are held in the Institute's Archaeological Computing and GIS (AGIS) laboratory. This lab contains 9 powerful workstations running Microsoft Windows XP, but is also equipped to provide Mac OSX and Linux-based services depending on the task at hand. All workstations use networked filespace provided by a dual-CPU, redundant-PSU Linux server. The lab also contains an A4 postscript laser printer, an A3 colour inkjet 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, Idrisi, Autodesk Map 3D, Landserf, QGIS, PostGIS/PostgreSQL, Repast, R and Adobe Creative Suite.
This room accommodates classes of up to 18 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 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, multi-agent computer simulations 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.
- 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.
- A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.
- UK and EU students who intend to enrol for this degree are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships.
- ACE Masters 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. 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 such places as Canada, 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
Further Information and Application Forms
- Applications are normally accepted any time from 1st November to 1st August unless there are no longer any places available.
- For further details, please email Andrew Bevan, or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admission Tutor.
- Please contact Andrew Bevan to view the programme website.
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