Public Archaeology MA
The Public Archaeology MA at UCL is a unique programme in a rapidly growing sector, and seeks to build on existing institute interests. It provides students with an understanding of the complex relationships between archaeology and politics, governmental, socio-economic, educational and ethnic issues in a theoretical and practical context.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,750
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,400
- Overseas Full-time: £17,000
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students are introduced to the range of areas in which archaeology has relevance to the wider public, and develop an understanding of how archaeology is used in the public arena. The flexible programme structure allows students to design a theoretically based or practically based degree depending on each individual's needs.
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 archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.
UCL is located in central London, within walking distance of the British Museum and the British Library. Students benefit from London's many museums, galleries and other archaeological spaces, but in particular have easy access to UCL's own museums and collections, which form a resource of international importance for academic research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a core module (30 credits), 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, seminars, discussion groups, practical demonstrations, video viewings, and museum/site visits. A series of guest lecturers with firsthand experience in the field will give seminars on their work. Assessment is through essays, project reports and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council 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
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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?
The programme is suitable both for those wishing to study the relationship between archaeology and the public as an academic subject and those wishing to pursue a career in the public aspects of archaeology. It is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, history or classics.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Public Archaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study Public 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
Some graduates of the programme go on to PhD studies while others pursue careers in professional organisations associated with the museum and/or heritage sector.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Museum of London, Archaeology Learning Programme Manager, 2009
- Tampa Museum of Art, Exhibitions and Collections Manager, 2010
- UCL Institute of Archaeology, PhD Student, 2010
- British Museum, Family Learning Facilitator, 2010
- American University of Rome, Research Assistant, 2011
Graduates of the Public Archaeology MA have a distinct set of skills and knowledge that equips them for work across the archaeology, heritage and museum sector. This includes an in-depth understanding of the structure of the sector and its socio-economic, political and cultural contexts, but also a very practical appreciation of public understanding and engagement with the past. These strengths are reflected in the diversity of career paths amongst graduates of the Public Archaeology MA programme, in archaeology, museums, the heritage industry and academia.
"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
"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