Mediterranean Archaeology MA


The Mediterranean is the world’s largest inland sea and a key theatre in which the people of Europe, western Asia and North Africa have interacted since Palaeolithic times. Mediterranean archaeology, one of the world’s richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies, reveals different, more tolerant templates, which are fundamental to the negotiation of the present and creation of a viable future.


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?

Students will develop an understanding of Mediterranean societies from earliest times to the Iron Age, and major interpretative paradigms and principal investigative techniques (including fieldwork and archaeological science) applied in the Mediterranean. One or more specific regions will be analysed in depth from a comparative perspective, and Mediterranean societies will be studied holistically.

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 library is complemented by UCL’s Main Library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

This programme deploys the institute’s unparalleled research and teaching strengths in Mediterranean archaeology, which must constitute the largest single concentration of expertise anywhere in the UK.

UCL’s own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research and students will work on material from the institute’s collection as part of their assessment.


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

Core Modules

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
  • Mediterranean Dynamics
  • Mediterranean Prehistory or The Mediterranean in the Iron Age

Options

  • Students choose three from the ten Master's modules currently offered in the
  • archaeology of the Aegean, Levant, central Mediterranean, Egypt, and Classical/Roman periods:

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

  • Or relevant MA/MSc option offered by other UCL departments
  • The Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States
  • The Late Bronze age Aegean
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
  • Archaeology of the Middle East: Patterns and Process
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonization, Copper and City-state (by arrangement with KIng's College)
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach
  • Evolution of Paleolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Approaches that explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and assessed through essays and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

UK/EU students are eligible to apply for AHRC 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 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 particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or history who wish to develop their skills, although other previous pathways are carefully considered too.

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 Mediterranean Archaeology
  • why you want to study Mediterranean Archaeology 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.
The first cohort of students on the Mediterranean Archaeology MA are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

Employability

Successful graduates will have been fully prepared to undertake research on ancient Mediterranean societies, from a comparative region/period/theme-specific perspective, and will also possess the expert background knowledge to move on to related professional work in or on the Mediterranean (subject to the particular requirements of given position). They will also have honed their transferable skills in critical analysis, debate and presentations.


Next steps

Contact

Professor Andrew Reynolds

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7495

W: Institute of Archaeology

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Staff View

"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

Student View

"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."

Alexandra Salamunovich

Degree: Archaeology MA