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.
Those who are accepted for this Master's programme may also be eligible to apply to the Institute for English Heritage funded bursaries.
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.
Research Methods for Archaeology MA
This MA offers a tailor-made programme of study designed as a preparation for an MPhil or PhD research project. Students develop a detailed understanding of archaeological data and its interpretation to serve as a basis for independent research, and foster the ability to develop original research questions and explore them effectively.
What will I learn?
This MA offers 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.
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 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. There are two core modules (40 credits), optional modules (20 credits), a research proposal (60 credits) and research writing (60 credits).
Students prepare a fully documented research proposal of 10,000 words, and complete a piece of research writing of approximately 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The core programme is taught within a seminar framework based on set readings. A tailor-made programme of other work is designed in consultation with the student's supervisor. Student performance is assessed on the basis of a research proposal and a piece of research writing (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 aimed at students who have chosen a research topic, but need to acquire research skills before embarking on a higher degree. Students without a clearly defined research project in mind would normally find one of the other Master's programmes at the Institute of Archaeology more suitable.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Research Methods for Archaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study Research Methods for 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
Most graduates of the programme go on to MPhil or PhD studies. Others pursue an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: