Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available


UCL is in an ideal location five minutes away from the best concentration of resources for historical research in Europe: the British Library, the Institutes of Historical Research and Classical Studies, the Warburg Institute and the UCL Institute of the Americas. Scholars visit UCL from all over the world and engage with students and staff at seminars, workshops and conferences. Many postgraduate students take advantage of the plethora of networking opportunities available and are often involved in hosting events. We offer individual research supervision from world-leading historians and a commitment to individual attention for all students, with dedicated tutoring and small-group teaching. The department has a high success rate in securing studentships and we offer opportunities for paid teaching experience.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
History MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Ancient History MA FT, PT
Chinese Health and Humanity MA FT
Chinese Studies (Health and Humanity) MA FT
European History MA FT, PT
History MA FT, PT
Late Antique and Byzantine Studies MA FT, PT
Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA FT, PT
Transnational Studies MA FT, PT

Student/staff ratios

  • 30 staff
  • 78 taught students
  • 89 research students


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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

Subject: Archaeology, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences

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

Subject: Archaeology, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences