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Frequently Asked Questions


  • Is there a deadline for applying?

There is no specific deadline, however if you are applying the department needs to have received your application at least six weeks before any funding deadline.

As many academics go on field work during the summer break you are advised to submit an admissions application by 1st May. We can accept applications after this date, however please note that it may take significantly longer to process your application.

  • What are the Entry Requirements

You must have, or be completing, a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

We normally look for a Masters degree with an overall grade of 70% or better, with at least 70% for your dissertation.

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

  • What are the English Language Requirements?

The required evidence may take the form of either:

1. Substantial education (minimum one year) 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) and Test of Written English (TWE) or Essay Rating

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%.

  • 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?

Yes we require two academic references. Your referee should be writing a letter of references in addition to completing the reference form that is included with your admissions application form.

  • 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.

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

  • Can I study part-time?

Yes we allow research students to study part time. You need to be able to study for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

  • Can I study by distance learning?

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

  • When does the course start?

The main cohort of students starts in September. It is possible to start the course in January, however we encourage, where possible, to start in September. All funding opportunities are aimed at September starts. If you started in January you can still apply for the funding but it would not be available until the following September.

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

The degree is three years long full time, five years part time, with an additional one year full time, two years part time, for writing up if required.

Term times can be found on the main UCL website.


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