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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.

ACE Master's Scholarship: to support a student from a newer EU country applying to study on a technical or applied Master's course.

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

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Prospectus Entry

Archaeology

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. 

GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology MSc

Geographical information systems (GIS) are transforming the way archaeologists handle spatial data. At the same time, there continue to be important advances in our ability to analyse and interpret spatial information. This MSc offers an advanced training in this field, drawing on the unparalleled concentration of expertise within UCL.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students become proficient in the archaeological application of both commercial and Open Source software and gain firsthand experience of designing, executing and reporting a GIS-led project. They gain the ability to make sound inferences from spatial data and a critical understanding of archaeological approaches to the human use of space.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The teaching staff bring together a range and depth of expertise that enables students to develop specialisms including advanced UNIX-based GIS, spatial and temporal statistics, digital landscape survey, space syntax analysis and agent-based computer simulation.

Most practical classes are held in the Institute's Archaeological Computing and GIS laboratory. This laboratory contains nine powerful workstations running Microsoft Windows XP, but is also equipped to provide Mac OSX and Linux-based services.

Students benefit from the collaborations we have established with other institutions and GIS specialists in Canada, Germany, Italy and Greece together with several commercial archaeological units in the UK.

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 four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology I
  • Research Skills for Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
  • Archaeological Approaches to the Human Use of Space

Options

  • Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology II
  • Model-building in Archaeology
  • Remote Sensing in Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology
  • Other options available within the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Dissertation/report

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

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Careful provision is made to facilitate remote access to software, tutorials, datasets and readings through a combination of dedicated websites and virtual learning environments. Assessment is through essays, practical components, project reports and portfolio, and the research 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 particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology or a related subject who are planning a PhD involving the analysis of spatial data, or who wish to benefit from the growing use of GIS in professional archaeology to build a career in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology at graduate level
  • why you want to study GIS and Spatial Analysis in 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
  • whether you have experience of using GIS or related technologies and, if so, what knowledge and skills you have already acquired
  • whether you are primarily interested in using GIS and related technologies for modelling and spatial analysis, or for visualisation
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.

Career

Some graduates go on to PhD studies, either continuing to pursue GIS and/or spatial analysis techniques as a core research interest, or using the skills they acquired for more wide-ranging doctoral research. Others develop careers in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations, including governmental organisations, commercial archaeological service providers and local authority planning departments.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • IS & Mapping Team Manager
  • GIS and Mapping Officer
  • GIS Specialist
  • National Park Archaeologist
  • Archaeological Consultant
  • Planning Officer

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


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