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 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.
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 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.
- Daniel Antoine's work is in bioarchaeology and palaeopathology. He has been developing new methods to investigate child health and development in the past using dental tissues as indicators of age, health, growth and development. He is also interested in past epidemics such as the Black Death and the Great Famine.
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.
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
- 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 Simon Hillson, or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor.