The Mediterranean, the world’s largest inland sea and the interface of Europe, Africa and western Asia, is one of the major crucibles of cultural, economic and political change in world history, a focus of scholarship for all periods between the Palaeolithic and the present, and a place where the past plays a critical role in the present, as well as in the creation of a viable future.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £9,840 (FT) £4,970 (PT)
- £20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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 early Medieval period, and of major interpretative paradigms and principal investigative techniques - including fieldwork and archaeological science - applied to 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).
All students are required to take the following:
- Mediterranean Dynamics
- Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
From an outstanding range of Master's optional modules, students choose options to the value of 60 credits, at least one of which must be choses from the following options;
- Mediterrean Prehistory
- The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age
- The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean.
The remaining must be made up from the list below:
- Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates
- Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean
- Art: Interpretation and Explanation
- British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age
- Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach
- Intangible Dimensions of Museum Objects from Egypt
- Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art
- Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art
- Medieval Archaeology: Selected Topics and Current Problems
- Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the Near East: City-states and Empires
- Museum and Site Interpretation
- Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt
- The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The Emergence of Villages and Urban Societies
- Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics
- 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 Master's Award bursaries, normally in the region of £1,000, are available each year.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
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 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 the role). They will also have honed their transferable skills in critical analysis, debate and presentation.
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 may work on material from the institute’s collection as part of their assessment.
Department: Institute of Archaeology
Student / staff numbers › 63 staff including 27 postdocs › 258 taught students › 115 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Archaeology
75% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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
- 28 July 2017
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
- 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.