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Managing Archaeological Sites MA

The Managing Archaeological Sites MA examines why certain archaeological sites are selected for preservation, and how they can be successfully managed and conserved to preserve their significance. Students benefit from the institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society and from the art and archaeology collections of UCL.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£9,015 (FT) £4,530 (PT)
£17,510 (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

By the end of the programme, students will be able to understand and apply a planning process based on the recognition of a sites values and of its interest groups, or stakeholders. They will also learn practical methods for the physical conservation of different categories of archaeological sites.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

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

Core Modules

  • Managing Archaeological Sites


  • World Rock Art: From Paleolithic to the Present
  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage
  • Conservation in Practice: Preventative Conservation
  • Conservation in Practice: Conservation Management
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict
  • Archaeological Approaches to the Human Use of Space
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Applied Archaeology in the UK
  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology
  • The Archaeology of Complex Urban Sites: Analytical and Interpretative Techniques
  • Public Archaeology
  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Managing Museums
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects
  • Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology II
  • Geographic Information Systems in Archaeology I
  • Cultural Memory


All 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 lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and site visits. It includes an optional three week placement in an appropriate organisation or on-site project. Assessment is through essays, project reports, projects and practicals (depending on the options chosen), 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.

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

1 year

Gordon Childe Studentship

UK/EU fees plus stipend
1 year

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website


Students who have taken this degree in the last few years have gone on to work in policy areas and project areas for national and international organisations, such as English Heritage, the NAtional Trust, ICOMOS and UNESCO. They have also worked in development control, heritage consultancies (such as Atkins Global), museums, site interpretation and education. Many students have also gone on to further research in academic institutions around the world, such as Stanford, Athens and Leiden, or here at UCL.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • TEAM Tourism Consulting, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Associate, 2012,
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Thailand, Intern, 2012,
  • Royal Museum Greenwich, Visitor Experience Manager, 2012,
  • Hawaiian Islands Government Administration, Cultural Resources GIS Specialist, 2011,
  • Hellenic Ministry of Culture Department of Education Programs and Communication, Archaeologist, 2009,


The course enables students to understand a wide range of practical methods for the conservation, management and interpretation of cultural heritage, which provide a sound basis for employment in many parts of the heritage sector. It also enables students to master a technical vocabulary to communicate with heritage professional and agencies. The course develops strong transferable skills in written and oral communication, team-working and dealing with complex stakeholders. In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage management or international organisations.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK.

We are international in outlook and membership, with students and staff from over 40 countries, and involvement in field research projects around the globe.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library. The Institute's outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

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

Department: Institute of Archaeology

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 has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations.

Application deadlines

All applicants

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at graduate level
  • what do you consider to be the major challenges in this field today
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment at UCL


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