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Contact details

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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Key facts

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Managing Archaeological Sites MA

The Managing Archaeological Sites MA examines why certain archaeological sites are selected for preservation, and how they can be successfully managed and conserved to preserve their significance. Students benefit from the Institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society and from the art and archaeology collections of UCL.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

By the end of the programme, students will be able to understand and apply a planning process based on the recognition of a site's values and of its interest groups, or stakeholders. They will also learn practical methods for the physical conservation of different categories of archaeological sites.

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. The Institute's outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

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Degree structure

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

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a core module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits), an optional work placement and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Managing Archaeological Sites


  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Applied Archaeology in the UK
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Archaeological Approaches to the Human Use of Space
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict
  • Conservation in Practice: Conservation Management
  • Conservation in Practice: Preventative Conservation
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Cultural Memory
  • Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology I
  • Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology II
  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects
  • Managing Museums
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Public Archaeology
  • Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management
  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology


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 and site visits. It includes an optional three week placement in an appropriate organisation or on-site project. Assessment is through essays, project reports, projects and practicals (depending on the options chosen), 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 has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at graduate level
  • what do you consider to be the major challenges in this field today
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment at UCL


First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Department of Antiquities: Principle Conservator of Antiquities
  • National Maritime Museum :Gallery Assistant
  • English Heritage: Enquiries Research Assistant
  • Ghetty Conservation Institute: Archaeological Site Management Institute
  • Qube: Build Heritage Graduate
  • Sinica Academia: Research Assistant
  • Manchester Archaeological Unit: Archaeologist
  • Museums, Libraries & Archives Council: Assistant Export Licensing Officer
  • AMEC Earth & Environment: Archaeological Consultant
  • Private Museum: Project Co-ordinator
  • Wessex Archaeology: Project Officer

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

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