Professor Andrew Reynolds
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Fees and 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.
Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology MSc
The Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology MSc, run jointly by the Institute of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology, brings together the expertise of the two departments to provide graduate students with an integrated training in the biological and archaeological aspects of human evolutionary studies.
What will I learn?
Students gain training in research methods and a scientific grounding in the principles, content and practice of palaeoanthropology and palaeolithic archaeology, including: fossil and archaeological evidence of human evolution; temporal and spatial patterns and processes of evolutionary and environmental change; and the evolutionary background for understanding human adaptation and culture.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology and Department of Anthropology have considerable staff expertise in the fields of palaeoanthropology and palaeolithic archaeology. Staff and research students are currently involved in field projects as well as museum-based studies in Britain, various parts of Europe, the Middle East, and eastern and southern Africa.
Our excellent results in the 2001 and 2008 Research Assessment Exercises show that our two departments are both very highly ranked in the UK.
Situated in central London, the university is within easy access to the British Museum and Natural History Museum and their outstanding palaeontological and archaeological collections.
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 one core module (30 credits) four 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, discussions, seminars, laboratory practicals and student presentations. Assessment is through essays, practical examination and seminar presentations, (depending on the options chosen), 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 discipline 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 provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in the fields of palaeoanthropology and palaeolithic archaeology, and is therefore suitable for students wishing to undertake doctoral research in these fields. It will also appeal to graduates with strong interests in the origins and emergence of human societies.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
We expect that a number of graduates from this programme will go on to undertake PhD studies but others will be well placed to pursue a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology and anthropology.
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website: