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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:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

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 MA

The Archaeology MA is an intensive induction programme to current archaeological theory and interpretive trends which equips students to undertake research in their chosen field. The flexible programme of study serves as an excellent expansion of undergraduate studies or as a self-designed foundation for further postgraduate and professional work.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides a wide-ranging and challenging introduction to theoretical issues involved in modern archaeology as a comparative, anthropologically-informed, and socially-situated discipline. Students develop critically aware perspectives on archaeological practice and research processes and gain an in-depth understanding of approaches to the collection, analysis and interpretation of archaeological data. The programme is extremely flexible, with options available from most other programmes.

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.

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. UCL's own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research.

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 two core modules (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues

Options

  • Some examples from the range of options which can be taken for this programme are as follows:
  • Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from the Emergence of Modern Humans
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East
  • The Archaeology of Early Egypt and the Sudan, c. 10,000–2500 BC
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean
  • Rethinking 'Classical' Art: sociological and anthropological approaches
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
  • Medieval Archaeology: select topics and current problems
  • Cities, States and Religions in Ancient India
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Topics in Chinese Archaeology
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Holocene Africa
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexities
  • Maya Art, Architecture and Archaeology
  • Aztec archaeology: codices and ethnohistory
  • Archaeology and ethnicity
  • Funerary Archaeology
  • Technology in Society: Archaeology and Ethnography in the Andes
  • Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and Learning

Most teaching is seminar based, and the sessions are interactive, with an emphasis on student participation and critical discussion. The rest of the programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practicals, laboratory sessions, tutorials and site and museum visits, as appropriate for specific courses. Assessment is through essays, oral examination 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

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 students with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, history or classics. It will appeal to those who wish to develop the necessary skills relevant for a professional career in archaeology, and for those who want to continue onto a research degree in the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Archaeology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Archaeology 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
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

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.

Recent Graduate career destinations include: Excavator for a private Archaeological Contractor, Education Officer at a national museum, and Intern at a national museum. Several students have gone on to PhD studies at UCL.

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


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