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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

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. 

Public Archaeology MA

The Public Archaeology MA at UCL is a unique programme in a rapidly growing sector, and seeks to build on existing institute interests. It provides students with an understanding of the complex relationships between archaeology and politics, governmental, socio-economic, educational and ethnic issues in a theoretical and practical context.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are introduced to the range of areas in which archaeology has relevance to the wider public, and develop an understanding of how archaeology is used in the public arena. The flexible programme structure allows students to design a theoretically based or practically based degree depending on each individual's needs.

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 University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance of the British Museum and the British Library. Students benefit from London's many museums, galleries and other archaeological spaces, but in particular have easy access to UCL's own museums and collections, which 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 a core module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Public Archaeology


  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Applied Archaeology in the UK
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Managing Museums
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Museum History and Theory
  • Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues
  • World Rock Art: From Palaeolithic to Present


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, discussion groups, practical demonstrations, video viewings, and museum/site visits. A series of guest lecturers with firsthand experience in the field will give seminars on their work. Assessment is through essays, project reports 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 suitable both for those wishing to study the relationship between archaeology and the public as an academic subject and those wishing to pursue a career in the public aspects of archaeology. It is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, history or classics.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

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


Some graduates of the programme go on to PhD studies while others pursue careers in professional organisations associated with the museum and/or heritage sector.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Massachusetts Historical Commission: Digitisation Intern
  • Portable Antiquity Scheme: Resources Manager
  • Addyman Archaeologist: Archaeologist Project Officer
  • Hong Kong Museum of History: Assistant Curator
  • British Museum: Administrative Assistant
  • UCL: Mphil/PhD Archaeology
  • English Heritage: Office Manager

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

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