Professor Andrew Reynolds
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Fees and 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)
(What is the RAE?)
The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
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.
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:
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).
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
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
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: