Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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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).
- Art: Interpretation and Explanation
- Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean
- Archaeology of Buddhism
- Aztec Archaeology: Codices and Ethnohistory
- Maya Art, Architecture and Archaeology
- Rethinking Classical Art: Sociological and Anthropological Approaches
- Rock Art Studies: Theories, Methods and Management
- Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
- Cities, States and Religion in Ancient India
- The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
- World Rock Art: from Palaeolithic to Present
- Language, History and Archaeology courses available within UCL
- Social Complexity in Early China: from the Neolithic to the Early Empire
- Other options available through the University of London (i.e. SOAS, Kings) may be taken
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.
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.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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
- PhD, UCL (2011)
- PhD, University of Oxford (2011)
- PhD, UCL (2011)
- Assistant Curator for Cross Cultural Research, Asian Civilisations Museum Singapore (2010)
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley (2013)
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
"UCL has the most diverse archaeology department in Europe."
Professor Jeremy TannerSubject: Comparative Art and Archaeology MA
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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