Dr Dorian Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4771
Fees and funding
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
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.
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:
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).
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
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
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: