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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:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

UK/EU students are eligible to apply for AHRC funding

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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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 of the Middle East MA

For students seeking to undertake advanced study in the theory and practice of Middle Eastern Archaeology, this programme offers an unrivalled combination of specialist regional skills, chronological scope and flexibility of choice. Ongoing field projects and extensive in-house collections provide a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the heritage of the Middle East.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

With guidance from our experienced staff, you will construct a distinct path through the degree programme, tailored to your priorities; selecting options from archaeological science, cultural heritage and ancient history. UCL Institute of Archaeology houses extensive cultural and environmental collections from the Middle East and offers direct hands-on experience with archaeological evidence as part of its training.

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. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL’s Main Library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

Ongoing fieldwork and research activities span the entirety of the Middle East and those of the Arabian Peninsula, and are extended through our overseas campus at UCL Qatar.

The institute houses extensive cultural and environmental collections from the Middle East, including the Petrie Palestinian Collection, and offers hands-on experience with material culture as part of its training.

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), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Pattern and Process in the Archaeology of the Middle East


  • At least two options are normally chosen from the following:
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Middle East
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic Societies
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze through the Iron Age

  • Options can also be selected from:

  • Either the range of other Master's courses at the UCL Institute of Archaeology

  • Or the following options in UCL History (subject to availability):
  • Change and Continuity in the Ancient Near East in the first millennium BC:
  • the Assyrian and Babylon Empires
  • Power and Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Near Eastern Religion


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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through formal lectures, seminars and practical sessions. In addition to developing new theoretical approaches, training will include hands-on study of material culture from sites throughout the Middle East, which form part of the institute’s collections.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or a related 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. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or a closely related field, seeking to broaden their expertise in the archaeology of the Middle East.

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 of the Middle East
  • why you want to study Archaeology of the Middle East 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
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.


Recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies while others have pursued a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology. First destinations of recent graduates include curatorial positions in leading UK museums (e.g. the British Museum), PhD studies at UCL, and other universities both in the UK and abroad, and employment in archaeological fieldwork throughout the Middle East

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

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