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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is there a deadline for applying?

For the majority of Masters Applications there is no deadline, however we would need a complete application (with both references) no later than 1st August. If you are applying for funding we would need your application at least six weeks before the funding deadline.

Please note the following deadlines:

These deadlines are absolute unless places are still available on individual courses. Please click here for availability. Applications need to be complete with both references by the above deadlines. Please note that your application will not be uploaded until both references have been submitted. We regret that we are unable to offer a waiting list for any degree.

We can accept complete applications from October until 1st  August if there are still places available on the degree. However if you are applying for funding we would need your admissions application at least six weeks before the funding deadline.

  • Is there more than one intake a year

No, our Taught Masters degrees start in September only.

  • What are the Entry Requirements?

We look for the equivalent of a 2:1 or better at undergraduate level.

This is the equivalent to a GPA 3.3 or better on the North American System.

For further information regarding entry requirements please click here.

We do not require a GRE score (North American students only).

If you are unsure whether you are eligible please contact Lisa Daniel for further clarification.

  • What are the English Language Requirements?

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English Language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

The required evidence may take the form of either:

1. Substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, or

2. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. The UCL Institute of Archaeology looks for ‘Good level’. We look for the following:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Internet based version: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Pass at grade B.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Pass at grade A.

UCL Language Centre: Pre-Sessional English Language Courses and Graduate Preparatory Course

Mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.

Pitman Examination in International ESOL

Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL). 

  • I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?

You may apply for a place on the degree without a current English test. Any offer would be made conditional on obtaining this before the degree starts in September. Please note that if you are a non EU student you will need to have an unconditional offer in order to apply for a visa.

  • Do both of my references need to be academic? 

Ideally you should be submitting two academic references; however we will accept one reference from an employer. If you have been out of academic life for more than five years we would accept two employer references if an academic reference is impossible to obtain.

  • I do not have all of my references; can I still submit my application?

Unfortunately we are cannot process applications until both references have been received. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact Lisa Daniel for further clarification.

Online applications cannot be uploaded until both references have been submitted electronically.

Please note that your referees will receive an email requesting a reference once you have submitted your part of the application form. If they have not receive the link you can resend this via the student portal.

  • Can I study part time?

You can study all of our Master Degrees part time. Teaching takes place during Terms I and II. You normally take the core courses and an option during the first year and take the remaining options and dissertation during year two though this is flexible.

You would need to attend two to two and a half days a week depending on the timetable. The timetable is normally ready by mid August. The current timetable will give you an idea when classes take place but please note that next year’s timetable will not identical.

Please note that if you are traveling to the UK on a student visa (non-EU students only) the UK Border Agency will only allow you to study full time.

  • Can I study by distance learning?

It is not possible to study the Masters Programmes by distance learning or online.

  • Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?

We would still consider an application from you, however if you do not have an academic background in archaeology it is likely that would need to complete the Graduate Diploma before starting the Masters Degree.

The Graduate Diploma involves taking classes at undergraduate level giving you the necessary background to go on to the Masters.

  • When does the course start?

All taught Masters Degrees start in the last week of September of each year. There are no other start dates during the year. 

  • How long is the course and what are the term dates?

All Taught Masters degrees last for a full calendar year from September to September except for the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums which is a two year degree.


Teaching takes places during terms I and II. Term III is used to prepare the dissertation.

Term times can be found on the main UCL website.

  • Do all of your options run each year?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all of our options will run each year. Where a degree has options applicants are sent an options questionnaire in May. We use this information to assess which options are viable and are able to confirm which options will be run by mid July.

  • Can I take additional option choices?

You can sit in other classes (unless there are restrictions), however you would not be assessed for these.

  • Where do your students come from?

We are delighted that our students come from a very wide variety of countries. The latest available figures (for August 2013) show that our students come from around 49 different countries, with our graduate students coming from 41. In total about 42% of our students come from outside the UK.


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