Professor Andrew Reynolds
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1522
Fees and funding
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
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.
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:
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).
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
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
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: