UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

Our admissions process is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for entry in August 2016 in late 2015, through to May 2016. For enquiries about UCL Qatar degree programmes, please contact admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk.

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Degree Programmes

Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA


Full-time 2 years


This MA at UCL Qatar offers students an education in the archaeology of the Arab and Islamic world, as well as practical training in archaeology through placement work and fieldwork sessions. The programme equips students to meet the need for qualified professionals with expertise in the past material culture of the region.

Students will gain a detailed understanding of human occupation and societies in the Islamic and Arab world, with a focus on the Middle East, from the first appearance of modern humans through to recent centuries. They will be trained in the recovery, analysis and interpretation of archaeological data, and will specialise in an area, time-period or field of their choice through their dissertation study.


This two year MA has a total value of 330 credits. In Year One students take four compulsory courses and one optional module (total 120 credits). In Year Two students take one compulsory course (30 credits), two to four optional modules (total 60 credits), dissertation (90 credits) and placement (30 credits).

Compulsory Modules
  • Archaeology of the Pre-Islamic Middle East
  • Archaeology of Islamic Societies
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
Optional Modules 
  • GIS 1
  • Collections Care and Management (Conservation)
  • Interdisciplinary Methods for the Study of Cultural Heritage
Compulsory Modules
  • Archaeology of Arabia and the Gulf
  • Placement Portfolio
Optional Modules

Subject to availability and demand, options may include:

  • Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire
  • Approaches to Islamic Ceramics
  • Early Islamic Papyri and History
  • Community Archaeology
  • GIS 1
  • Urban Foundations of the Middle East
  • Ancient South Arabian Epigraphy (30 credits)

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


All students are expected to undertake 40 days of placement work at one or more archaeological projects, museums or other cultural heritage organisations. This can be distributed across the two years of their study. Students will be required to submit a Placement Portfolio during the second year of the programme.


For admission to this MA, 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).

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 June 2015. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need.


Applications can be submitted online. Our annual intake is in late August, with applications due on or before 1 May each year.