Research areas:Current research at the Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources. Research is carried out in tropical Africa; Asia; Britain and Europe; China; Egypt; the Pacific; South America and the Caribbean.
The institute is organised in three major sections: Archaeological Science; Heritage Studies; World Archaeology and has over 20 research networks.
Research focuses on the following areas:
- Archaeological theory
- Archaeology of hunter-gatherer, early agrarian and ancient urban societies
- Comparative archaeology in a global context
- Human palaeobiology, subsistence, diet and health
- Indigenous archaeology
- Museum studies, heritage management and public archaeology
- Palaeoecology and environmental change
- Prehistoric, ancient and classical art
- Quantitative methods and computer applications
- Technology and conservation of ancient materials.
A Master's degree in a relevant discipline (pass of 70% or better including 70% in the dissertation) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English level expected: Good
ApplicationResearch degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,200
- Overseas Part-time: £8,250
Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the area of literature, language and history.
Competitive applications for AHRC awards for MPhil/PhD study may be made via the Institute of Archaeology. The admissions deadline for those wishing to be considered for AHRC funding is likely to be early December. Please contact the institute for details.
Scholarships available for this department
The intention is that Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field. Wolfson Scholarships will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.
The LAHP AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership will fund up to 80 research studentships per year in three universities including UCL. You should be in the process of applying for doctoral research at your chosen institution and have established your supervisor before applying to LAHP for funding.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Doctoral graduates have become university lecturers, senior administrators, senior museum and heritage management curators, postdoctoral researchers and BBC researchers.
Top career destinations for this programme
- British Museum, Deputy National Finds Advisor, 2011
- University of Cape Town, Director of Global Projects, 2011
- Initiative for Heritage Conservancy, Visiting Research Fellow, 2011
- UCL, Research Assistant, 2011
- Swansea University Egypt Centre, Curator, 2011
The Institute of Archaeology has strong links with numerous organisations and universities both internationally and within London and the UK including: British Museum: English Heritage, UNESCO, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Arts Council, numerous national park services across the globe. We host several centres including Centre for Applied Archaeology, International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology and Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.
In addition, the department holds an extensive range of seminars and lectures generated by our sections, centres and research networks given by guest speakers from across the world and over 200 honorary members of staff who regularly contribute.
"The Institute of Archaeology's library has been an invaluable tool due to the huge amount of material available that is related to our field, and is one of my favourite things about the institute."
Degree: Archaeology MA
"UCL Archaeology has a great atmosphere for both staff and students; it's a great place to work, and with so many experts passing through from different countries to give lectures and seminars it is very much the centre of the archaeological world."
Professor Mike Parker Pearson
Professor of British Later Prehistory