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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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 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.

International students

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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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

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


  • The Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean
  • Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East: A Comparative Approach
  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonisation, Copper and City-State (by arrangement with King's College, London)
  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
  • Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach
  • Evolution of Paleolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art
  • Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art


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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Mediterranean Archaeology MA


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.

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.


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.


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 › 63 staff including 27 postdocs › 277 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?

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
29 July 2016

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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