Archaeology Grad Dip
The Archaeology Graduate Diploma at UCL is fully integrated within the teaching programme of the Institute of Archaeology. The programme offers education in all major aspects of archaeology, in a challenging yet supportive environment, under the supervision of teachers actively engaged in research at the forefront of the field.
Mode of study
- Full-time nine months
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £5,700
- UK/EU Part-time: £2,850
- Overseas Full-time: £15,200
- Overseas Part-time: £7,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
By the end of the programme, students will have a developed understanding of past societies within their cultural, socio-political, economic, historical and environmental contexts, as well as an understanding of the current social and political context of archaeology, with particular reference to the management, interpretation and presentation of archaeological heritage.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, archaeological science, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain, as evidenced by its top position in university league tables and National Student Survey results.
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. 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 120 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits) and optional modules from the wide range available within the department (90 credits).
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, field work, museum visits and laboratory classes. All courses, except the core course Interpreting Archaeological Data which involves one unseen examination, are assessed by coursework. Any language course that students may choose will also be assessed by examinations.
Further details available on subject 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 for students who already hold a first degree in non-archaeology subjects and would like to have a further qualification or a conversion to an archaeology qualification, or to prepare for an MA degree in archaeology.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Archaeology at graduate level
- why you want to study 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
The programme provides a solid grounding to allow students to pursue graduate studies (MA and higher) in the field and to develop their own interests which they will pursue at a graduate level. At the same time, the Diploma gives students enough knowledge in its own right should they wish to move onto other objectives and not continue their graduate studies in the field.
Professor Andrew Reynolds
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"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
"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