Archaeology and Heritage of Asia MA


This MA is unique in the UK in providing such a comprehensive overview of Asian archaeology and cultural heritage. The Institute of Archaeology is one of the few places in the world with the expertise to deliver such a programme, encompassing not only India and China, but also Southeast and Central Asia.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The aim of this programme is to develop a comparative appreciation of the cultural histories and heritage of Asia, moving chronologically from early human history, through movements towards the Neolithic, and the rise of cities and states, to the present day by looking at current debates around conservation ethics, reconstruction and authenticity of archaeological remains.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This programme is unique in training pan-Asian specialists – escaping traditional study area boundaries where China, India, Southeast and Central Asia are studied on their own – and conducting inter-regional dialogue on the human past

Students are given the opportunity to develop depth of expertise in a particular region in Asia while benefiting from an innovative macro-regional comparative perspective.

This MSc focuses on the development of human societies and civilisations in a part of the world which is becoming increasingly influential in world affairs but has been under-represented in most general and regional archaeological programmes.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of 3 core modules (45 credits), 3 optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Archaeologies of Asia
  • Archaeological Heritage Management in Asia

Options

  • Archaeology and Education
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity
  • Cities, States and Religion in Ancient Asia
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in China
  • Cultural Memory
  • Social Complexity in Early China: from the Neolithic to the Early Empire
  • Managing Museums
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Public Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology

  • and/or any other MA/MSc option offered by the Institute of Archaeology

  • and/or any relevant MA/MSc option offered by other UCL departments

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 a combination of lectures and seminars. Assessment is through essays, PowerPoint presentations, supervised independent research project and dissertation, and an oral viva towards the end of the degree.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

A small number of IoA Masters Award bursaries, normally in the region of £1,000, are available each year.

Scholarships available for this department

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Gordon Childe Studentship

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or a related subject (e.g. geography, history, anthropology) from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

This programme is expected to appeal to non-Asian students wishing to extend their expertise on one or more regions and periods but also to Asian students who want to understand British perspectives on the region. Ideally students will have a background in archaeology or museum studies, but history or anthropology is also suitable.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
  • why you want to study Archaeology and Heritage of Asia at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
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

Graduates of this new programme are expected to pursue further studies at PhD level or embark on a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.

Employability

The experience and skills acquired depends on the course options selected, and how those skills are developed through assessed work, practical elements and dissertation, but in general we expect students to develop expertise in the archaeology of specific regions of Asia (in particular East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and to some extent Southeast Asia) and a broader comparative, international perspective on that region of Asia. Students gain knowledge of both current scholarly debates in archaeology as well as heritage management issues. We expect students from this course to be prepared for job in the archeological services or heritage organizations on Asian countries or to be well-prepared for doctoral studies focused on one or more parts of Asia.

The first cohort of students on the Archaeology and Heritage of Asia MA are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.


Next steps

Contact

Professor Andrew Reynolds

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7495

Department

Institute of Archaeology

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