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Mediterranean Archaeology MA

The Mediterranean is the world’s largest inland sea and a key theatre in which the people of Europe, western Asia and North Africa have interacted since Palaeolithic times. Mediterranean archaeology, one of the world’s richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies, reveals different, more tolerant templates, which are fundamental to the negotiation of the present and creation of a viable future.

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 archaeology or a related 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 will develop an understanding of Mediterranean societies from earliest times to the Iron Age, and major interpretative paradigms and principal investigative techniques (including fieldwork and archaeological science) applied in the Mediterranean. One or more specific regions will be analysed in depth from a comparative perspective, and Mediterranean societies will be studied holistically.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Mediterranean Dynamics
  • Mediterranean Prehistory or The Mediterranean in the Iron Age
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations

Options

  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonization, Copper and City-state (by arrangement with King's College)
  • Archaeology of the Middle East: Patterns and Process
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
  • The Late Bronze age Aegean
  • The Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States
  • Themes in Urban Archaeology
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age
  • Evolution of Paleolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Approaches that explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and assessed through essays and the dissertation.

Funding

UK/EU students are eligible to apply for AHRC 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

Graduates of this new programme are expected to pursue further studies at PhD level or embark on a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.

Employability

Successful graduates will have been fully prepared to undertake research on ancient Mediterranean societies, from a comparative region/period/theme-specific perspective, and will also possess the expert background knowledge to move on to related professional work in or on the Mediterranean (subject to the particular requirements of 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. Its outstanding library is complemented by UCL’s Main Library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

This programme deploys the institute’s unparalleled research and teaching strengths in Mediterranean archaeology, which must constitute the largest single concentration of expertise anywhere in the UK.

UCL’s own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research and students will work on material from the institute’s collection as part of their assessment.

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

Department: Institute of Archaeology

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?

This programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or history who wish to develop their skills, although other previous pathways are carefully considered too.

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:
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Mediterranean Archaeology
  • why you want to study Mediterranean Archaeology at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
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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