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Comparative Art and Archaeology MA

The Comparative Art and Archaeology MA at UCL is a wide-ranging and challenging programme designed to provide students with a sophisticated understanding of the major problems, theories and approaches in the sociological and anthropological interpretation of the art of pre-modern societies.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

Entry Requirements

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Degree Information

Students are encouraged to think critically and work independently in a broadly comparative perspective across the boundaries of regional and period specialisation which have traditionally characterised the study of art. They develop subject-specific, research-oriented skills relevant to their development as practising analysts within the history, anthropology or archaeology of art.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation

Options

  • Social Complexity in Early China: from the Neolithic to the Early Empire
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
  • Cities, States and Religion in Ancient India
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
  • Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management
  • Rethinking Classical Art: Sociological and Anthropological Approaches
  • Maya Art, Architecture and Archaeology
  • Aztec Archaeology: Codices and Ethnohistory
  • Archaeology of Buddhism
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean
  • <b>Other options available through the University of London (i.e. SOAS, Kings) may be taken</b>
  • Language, History and Archaeology courses available within UCL
  • World Rock Art: from Palaeolithic to Present

Dissertation/report

All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, lectures and presentations. Some optional courses include site visits to museums. Assessment is through essays, coursework, oral examination and the dissertation.

Funding

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.

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year

Gordon Childe Studentship

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Some recent graduates of the programme have continued on to PhD studies while others have developed careers in museums, other professional cultural heritage organisations, as well as art and archaeology-related publishing and television. A high level of success has been achieved by students in going on to fully funded PhD research, both in the UK and abroad: at Oxford and UCL, funded by AHRC, Chilean Government, Japanese Government and UCL; also at University of California, Berkeley and McGill University in Canada. Other students have secured positions in the museums and heriage sector, for example at the Petrie Museum in UCL and the Museum for Asian Civilizations in Singapore.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • UCL, PhD, 2011,
  • University of Oxford, PhD, 2011,
  • UCL, PhD, 2011,
  • Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore, Assistant Curator for Cross Cultural Research, 2010,
  • University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 2013,

Employability

Successful graduates will have been fully prepared to undertake research on the art history and archaeology of early civilizations, from a comparative or region/period/theme-specific perspective, and will also possess the expert background knowledge to move on to related professional work in art history, archaeology and cultural heritage (subject to the particular requirements of a given position). They will also have honed their transferable skills in critical analysis, debate and presentations.

Why 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.

We are international in outlook, with students and staff from over 40 countries, and involvement in field research projects around the globe. The teaching staff for this programme bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.

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.

Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 263 taught students › 130 research students

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL has the most diverse archaeology department in Europe."

Professor Jeremy Tanner

Subject: Comparative Art and Archaeology MA

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.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology, history, classics or art history who wish to develop the skills relevant to a professional career in archaeology and art history, or for continued research in this field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Comparative Art and Archaeology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Comparative Art and 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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