Professor Andrew Reynolds
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Fees and funding
UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Artefact Studies MA
This MA provides training in the documentation and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections. Students benefit from a placement within a museum or an archaeological unit where experience will be gained in the practice of finds analysis.
What will I learn?
Students are introduced to the skills of finds specialists, practical issues of artefact study, and debates about the collection, interpretation, reporting and curation of archaeological materials. They develop the ability to evaluate different approaches to artefact studies and undertake the cataloguing and analysis of an artefact assemblage.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.
UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library.
UCL's own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research. Students will work on material from the Institute's collection as part of their assessment. Past students on this programme have made effective use of the resources at the British Museum's Centre for Anthropology and the Museum of London.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), an optional work placement and a research project (90 credits).
The 15,000–word dissertation combines a professional standard finds report with an academic overview.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through formal lectures, seminars and practical sessions. It can include a placement at a relevant museum or archaeological unit where students gain experience in the practical study and the recording of an artefact assemblage. Assessment is through essays, a portfolio, project reports and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in archaeology or related subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology who wish to develop their skills in the study and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections, with a view to further research or a career in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Artefact Studies at UCL
- why you want to study Artefact Analysis at graduate level
- what you expect to get out of this programme
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- what your undergraduate degree is in and how much practical work with artefacts does the degree include
- what previous experience you have in working with artefacts
- if you have any experience in working as a finds assistant or in a museum
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies while others have pursued an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology. Destinations of recent graduates include:
- Artefact studies within archaeology units (both in the UK and abroad)
- Finds liaison officer for the Portable Antiquities scheme
- Artefact studies within research projects (both in the UK and abroad)
- Freelance artefact studies (pottery, leather)
- Museum Curators (abroad)
- PhD studies at UCL, and other universities both in the UK and abroad
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: