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Archaeologists study the past using diverse methods and evidence, from remote prehistory to the recent past, in all parts of the world, above ground, below ground, and under water. UCL's Institute of Archaeology offers unique opportunities to explore this diversity.

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Why study Archaeology at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the world's largest and most eminent centres for archaeology, with over 70 staff conducting research across the globe. The institute houses a famous archaeological library of c.80,000 volumes, as well as extensive laboratory facilities and teaching collections. London offers unrivalled opportunities to visit museums, exhibitions and public lectures on archaeology.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You will gain a truly international perspective on archaeology through close interaction with leading researchers from around the world. We offer a uniquely wide range of specialist options, taught in small groups that encourage discussion and hands-on experience.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, discussions, and practical/laboratory classes. Most assessment is by coursework (essays), but some modules also include an examination. Alternative arrangements are made as needed. Please note that some options are offered on a biennial basis, and all run subject to sufficient enrolment. Contact the Affiliate Tutor to confirm details.

Modules in Archaeology

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL0001 Introduction to Roman Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0003 World Archaeology (i): Evolutionary Origins to the Earliest States 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0004 World Archaeology (ii): From Early States to Globalization 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0005 Introduction to Greek Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0007 Introduction to Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0008 Introduction to European Prehistory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0010 Introduction to Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0013 People and Environments 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0084 Ancient Egypt in London 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL0026 Public Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0030 Current Issues in Archaeological Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0037 Interpreting Archaeological Evidence 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0042 Theory and Method for the Archaeology of the Ancient World 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0044 Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
ARCL0017 Greek Art and Architecture 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0018 Roman Art and Architecture 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0019 Plants and Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0021 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0029 The Emergence and Spread of Modern Humans 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0031 Archaeology of Mesoamerica 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0039 Ancient Civilisations of Andean South America 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0045 Archaeometallurgy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0049 The Archaeology of Human Remains 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0050 Archaeology of Early South Asia 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0054 The Aztecs and the Conquest of Mexico 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0055 Lithic Technology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0057 History and Archaeology of the African Diaspora 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0058 Livestock and Pastoralism in Archaeology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0062 Art and Archaeology of Ancient China 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0064 Selected Themes in the Archaeology of the Later Roman Empire 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0066 The Emergence of Bronze Age Aegean Civilisation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0075 Economy and Trade in the Mediterranean Iron Age 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL0078 The Age of Stonehenge 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
ARCL2029 The Archaeology of Mesoamerica 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

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