Urban Archaeology MA
Urban Archaeology is a fundamental feature of world archaeology - few countries have no urban past - and since classical times a significant proportion of the world's population has lived in urban centres. This MA aims to develop both critical theory and practical approaches in this vital field of academic research.
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?
You will develop an advanced understanding of the significance of urbanism in the development of human society, and of important theoretical issues such as identities and institutions; cities and empire; town planning and urban morphology. You also gain subject specific skills, including recording and analysing complex stratigraphy and understanding archaeological archives.
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.
The range of staff expertise at the Institute is unparalleled in this field, across both the chronological and geographic range of urbanism, and in approaches to handling complex urban data.
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 three core modules (60 credits), 30 credits of optional modules and a research dissertation (90 credits).
An independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and structured reading. Assessment is through written and practical essays, oral examination 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
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
For prospective masters students in the Department of Archaeology.
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 degree will appeal to an international cohort of scholars wishing to specialise in this important field: there is almost no country for which the theory and practice of urban archaeology is not of primary relevance to the challenges facing the discipline in the 21st century.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Urban Archaeology at graduate level
- what do you consider to be major challenges in this field today
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
- why you want to study Urban Archaeology at UCL
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
Some graduates of the programme go on to PhD studies, while others pursue a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology, including policy areas in national and international organisations, museums and professional archaeological units. The first cohort of students from the Urban Archaeology MA are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.
The course enables students to understand a wide range of theoretical and practical issues relevant to urban archaeology, which provide a sound basis for employment in many parts of the heritage sector. It also enables students to master a technical vocabulary to communicate with heritage professionals and agencies engaged in urban planning, development and archaeology. The course develops strong transferrable skills in written and oral communications, and in the approaches to complex urban archaeology. In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in archaeological organisations.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Professor Andrew Reynolds
T: +44 (0)20 7679 7495
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"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
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