UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

Recruitment to all of our degree programmes is currently closed. The application window will re-open in September 2014, for entry in August 2015. From September 2014, it will be possible to submit an online application via the 'Apply Now' link below.

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Degree Programmes

Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA


Full-time 2 years


There is a pressing international need for qualified professionals with expertise in Arab and Islamic archaeology and material culture. Students of this MA will be trained in the recovery, analysis and interpretation of archaeological date, and will gain a detailed understanding of the long-term trajectories of human occupation and societal change in the region. They will be able to specialise in an area, time-period or field of their choice.


This MA has a total value of 330 credits. In Year One students take five compulsory modules (total 120 credits). In Year Two students take one compulsory module (30 credits), four option modules (total 60 credits), dissertation (90 credits) and placement (30 credits).

Compulsory Modules
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Archaeology of Arabia and the Gulf
  • Archaeology of the pre-Islamic Middle East
  • Art and Archaeology of the Islamic World
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
Optional Modules 

Subject to availability and demand, options may include:

  • Archaeology of Islamic Egypt
  • Archaeology of the ‘Abbasid Caliphs in Iraq
  • Archaeology of the Swahili Coast and Indian Ocean Trade
  • Comparing Civilisations: The Middle East and Egypt in the Bronze Age
  • Early Islamic Papyri and Arabic Palaeography
  • Early State Formation in Egypt
  • Historical Approaches to Islamic Ceramics
  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Islamic Central Asia and the Silk Route
  • Islamic Historiography for Archaeologists
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • Pre-Islamic Arabian Epigraphy
  • The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires
  • The Gunpowder Empires, AD 1450 – 1850
  • Urban Foundations of the Middle East

Students will undertake eight weeks of field work on excavation and post-excavation projects in the region.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.


For admission to this MSc, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard.

Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (7.0 overall) and TOEFL IBT (100 overall).

Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form. Candidates should have a passion and curiosity for conservation and cultural heritage. They should also be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of what the course entails.


Qatar benefits from its geographical location at the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, giving students easy access to many of the leading archaeological sites of some of the world’s great civilisations. Students at UCL Qatar benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever expanding conservation library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in the Middle East, and Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.
Students on the programme come from a range of nationalities and backgrounds, and have completed Bachelor’s degrees in subjects including Archaeology, Anthropology, History and Architecture. 


A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Candidates who apply on-time and receive offers of admission are automatically considered for funding. They will be notified of the outcome in early-June 2013. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.


Applications can be submitted online. Our annual intake is in late August, with applications due on or before 31 May each year.