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 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.
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 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).
- 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.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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:
- 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