Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
- £18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
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 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.
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
- Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: a Comparative Approach
- Aztec Archaeology: Codices and Ethnohistory
- Cities, States and Religion
- Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art
- Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art
- Maya Art, Architecture and Archaeology
- The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
- Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
- World Rock Art: from Palaeolithic to Present
- Language, History and Archaeology courses available with 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 modules 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.
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.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Some recent graduates of the programme haveprogressed 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 going on to fully funded PhD research at the University of Oxford, UCL, University of California Berkeley, and Stanford, funded by the AHRC, the Chilean government, Japanese Government, UCL and the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. Other students have secured positions in the museums and heritage sector, for example at the Petrie Museum at UCL and the Museum for Asian Civilizations in Singapore.
Top career destinations for this degree
- PhD student, UCL (2014)
- PhD student, University of Oxford (2011)
- PhD student, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
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).
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 of 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 › 63 staff including 27 postdocs › 277 taught students › 130 research students
Department: Institute of Archaeology
"UCL has the most diverse archaeology department in Europe."
Professor Jeremy TannerComparative Art and Archaeology MA
Professor of Classical and Comparative Art
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
- 29 July 2016
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