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Archaeology MPhil/PhD

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application dates

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

A Master's degree in a relevant discipline (pass of 70% or better including 70% in the dissertation) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research areas

Current research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources. Research is carried out in tropical Africa; Asia; Britain and Europe; China; Egypt; the Pacific; South America and the Caribbean.

The institute is organised in three major sections: Archaeological Science; Heritage Studies; World Archaeology; and has over 20 research networks.

Research focuses on the following areas:
  • Archaeological theory
  • Archaeology of hunter-gatherer, early agrarian and ancient urban societies
  • Comparative archaeology in a global context
  • Human palaeobiology, subsistence, diet and health
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Museum studies, heritage management and public archaeology
  • Palaeoecology and environmental change
  • Prehistoric, ancient and classical art
  • Quantitative methods and computer applications
  • Technology and conservation of ancient materials.

Funding

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the area of literature, language and history.

Competitive applications for AHRC awards for MPhil/PhD study may be made via the Institute of Archaeology. The admissions deadline for those wishing to be considered for AHRC funding is likely to be early December. Please contact the institute for details.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Doctoral graduates have become university lecturers, senior administrators, senior museum and heritage management curators, postdoctoral researchers on academic projects or for other organisations including the BBC and other media companies.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer, San Francisco State University
  • Senior Collections Officer and Curator, Derby Museums
  • Museum Educator, Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Archaeologist , UCL
  • Senior Archaeologist , Empire Museum

Employability

The UCL Institute of Archaeology has strong links with numerous organisations and universities both internationally and within London and the UK including: the British Museum: English Heritage, UNESCO, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Arts Council, numerous national park services across the globe. We host several centres including Centre for Applied Archaeology, International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology and Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.

Networking

In addition, the department holds an extensive range of seminars and lectures generated by our sections, centres and research networks given by guest speakers from across the world and over 200 honorary members of staff who regularly contribute to life and work of the institute, including offering supervision for research students.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL's Institute of Archaeology provides an unparalleled breadth of teaching and learning provision and opportunities for the supervision of research degrees in most areas of archaeology and heritage studies. The institute's comparative approach encourages a global perspective. Facilities for science-based archaeology are all housed within the department as is the institute's world-renowned library.

Research students are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the institute, with funds available for student-led academic events. The institute's graduate journal - Papers from the Institute of Archaeology - provides opportunities to acquire peer-reviewing and editorial experience.

Student / staff ratios › 63 staff including 27 postdocs › 277 taught students › 130 research students

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Degree reviews

Staff review

"The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and one of the most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in Britain."

Dr Rodney Harrison

Archaeology MPhil/PhD
Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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