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Dr Dorian Fuller

Email: d.fuller@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4771

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

UK/EU students are eligible to apply for Arts & Humanities Research Council funding

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Archaeology

Key facts

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. 

Archaeology and Heritage of Asia MA

This MA is unique in the UK in providing such a comprehensive overview of Asian archaeology and cultural heritage. The Institute of Archaeology is one of the few places in the world with the expertise to deliver such a programme, encompassing not only India and China, but also Southeast and Central Asia.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The aim of this programme is to develop a comparative appreciation of the cultural histories and heritage of Asia, moving chronologically from early human history, through movements towards the Neolithic, and the rise of cities and states, to the present day by looking at current debates around conservation ethics, reconstruction and authenticity of archaeological remains.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This programme is unique in training pan-Asian specialists – escaping traditional study area boundaries where China, India, Southeast and Central Asia are studied on their own – and conducting inter-regional dialogue on the human past

Students are given the opportunity to develop depth of expertise in a particular region in Asia while benefiting from an innovative macro-regional comparative perspective.

This MSc focuses on the development of human societies and civilisations in a part of the world which is becoming increasingly influential in world affairs but has been under-represented in most general and regional archaeological programmes.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 3 core modules (45 credits), 3 optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Archaeologies of Asia
  • Archaeological Heritage Management in Asia

Options

  • Archaeology and Education
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity
  • Cities, States and Religion in Ancient Asia
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Cultural Memory
  • Emergence of Complex Societies in China
  • Managing Museums
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Public Archaeology
  • Topics in Chinese Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology

  • and/or any other MA/MSc option offered by the Institute of Archaeology

  • and/or any relevant MA/MSc option offered by other UCL departments

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is through essays, PowerPoint presentations, supervised independent research project and dissertation, and an oral viva towards the end of the degree.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or a related subject (e.g. geography, history, anthropology) 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

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?

This programme is expected to appeal to non-Asian students wishing to extend their expertise on one or more regions and periods but also to Asian students who want to understand British perspectives on the region. Ideally students will have a background in archaeology or museum studies, but history or anthropology is also suitable.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
  • why you want to study Archaeology and Heritage of Asia at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Graduates of this new programme are expected to pursue further studies at PhD level or embark on a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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