Research Methods for Archaeology MA
This MA offers a tailor-made programme of study designed as a preparation for an MPhil or PhD research project. Students develop a detailed understanding of archaeological data and its interpretation to serve as a basis for independent research, and foster the ability to develop original research questions and explore them effectively.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
This MA offers a wide-ranging and challenging introduction to theoretical issues involved in modern archaeology as a comparative, anthropologically-informed, and socially-situated discipline. Students develop critically aware perspectives on archaeological practice and research processes, and gain an in-depth understanding of approaches to the collection, analysis and interpretation of archaeological data.
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 to the British Museum and the British Library. UCL's own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. There are two core modules (40 credits), optional modules (20 credits), a research proposal (60 credits) and research writing (60 credits).
Students prepare a fully documented research proposal of 10,000 words, and complete a piece of research writing of approximately 15,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The core programme is taught within a seminar framework based on set readings. A tailor-made programme of other work is designed in consultation with the student's supervisor. Student performance is assessed on the basis of a research proposal and a piece of research writing (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 aimed at students who have chosen a research topic, but need to acquire research skills before embarking on a higher degree. Students without a clearly defined research project in mind would normally find one of the other Master's programmes at the Institute of Archaeology more suitable.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Research Methods for Archaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study Research Methods for 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
Most graduates of the programme go on to MPhil or PhD studies. Others pursue an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.
This programme is designed specifically to develop research skills to enable students to design and carry through an independent archaeological research project. In addition to general research skills, more specific experience and skills identified as essential for the proposed research will be devloped through optional courses and training. In addition, students acquire a detailed understanding of recent theoretical debates and the critical skills to evaluate existing arguments and interpretations and to develop their own.
"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