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Professor Andrew Reynolds

Email: a.reynolds@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1522

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,500 (FT)

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

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Prospectus Entry

Archaeology

Key facts

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Cultural Heritage Studies MA

This MA covers practical and theoretical approaches to the key issues and working practices in the field of cultural heritage. Students benefit from the Institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society, from the art and archaeology collections of UCL, and from the unrivalled resources of London's museums.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are introduced to theoretical issues involved in cultural heritage and develop an understanding of the social and political context in which the processes for managing cultural heritage operate. The flexible programme structure allows students to design a theoretically-based or practically-based degree depending on each individual's needs and interests.

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.

We are international in outlook and membership, with students and staff from over 40 countries, and involvement in field research projects around the globe.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library. The Institute's outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

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 one core module (40 credits) optional modules (80 credits), a work placement and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage and Development

Options

  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African Political Traditions
  • Cultural Memory
  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Managing Museums
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management

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, seminars, practical demonstrations, site visits and guest lectures, and includes a 20-day placement in a museum or other cultural heritage organisation. Assessment is through essays, projects reports, a heritage agency report following the placement, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant 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

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. The final deadline for submitting complete applications, including references, is 1 April 2013. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at both those who wish to study cultural heritage as an academic subject, and those who might wish to obtain employment in the broad sector. The degree caters for students from a wide range of academic disciplines who wish to study this rapidly growing interdisciplinary field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Cultural Heritage Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • The MACHS degree places an emphasis on critical, theoretical perspectives on Cultural Heritage - what attracts you to the course at the intellectual, theoretical level

Career

Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work in policy areas and project areas for national and international organisations, such as English Heritage, the National Trust, ICOMOS and UNESCO. They have also worked in development control, consultancies (such as Atkins Global), and in museums, site interpretation and education. Many students have also gone on to further research in academic institutions around the world, such as Stanford, Athens and Leiden, or here at UCL.

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


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