Institute of Archaeology


Continuing Education

The UCL Institute of Archaeology offers a vast range of courses (within degree programmes), a number of which are open to the public as Continuing Education courses. Come and explore the past with us!

A number of our undergraduate and Masters courses (run by lecturers at the Institute of Archaeology) are open to members of the public by arrangement (space and resources permitting) with the Institute's Continuing Education Administrator.

CE students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: retired people, mature students wishing to prepare for full-time education, general enthusiasts, former students of the subject who wish to refresh or continue their archaeological knowledge, and teachers wishing to broaden their repertoire.  These courses, however, do not result in a formal qualification or  towards another course / qualification. The continuing education courses do not include the essays or the exams (although you can discuss essay writing with the tutor & it is then up to their discretion whether the essays are marked. Exams are never taken by continuing education students). 

Courses run by the Institute of Archaeology are taught during the day. CE students participate in and contribute to courses in the same way as Undergraduate/Masters students.  Once admitted to the department, CE students are entitled to access to the UCL Library for reading rights (included in the course fee), this fee also includes access to UCL computer systems, internal journal access (no access to journals off campus) and online resources.  The basic fee does not include borrowing rights from the Libraries (but this can be easily arranged on payment of an additional fee - please contact Charlotte Frearson, Continuing Education Administrator for further details).

Modules of study

Details on modules of study are available below (BA/BSc and MA/MSc) - please note all courses are subject to availability - please email Charlotte Frearson with your course choice and you will be sent a course application form. 


The course fees, for continuing education (not the short courses) for 2018-19, this includes UCL computer access / email accounts / Moodle Access and library access (but not borrowing rights) and are as follows:

 Half UnitWhole Unit

***These fees are for one course - if more than one course is taken then the fees for each additional course will be lower - please email Charlotte Frearson for more details.

All Continuing Education students are entitled to access to the UCL Library. The fees for 2018-19 are as follows:

Reading Rights:No charge (included in the course fee)
Borrowing Fees:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/membership/researchers-public

If you wish to take advantage of these borrowing facilities (open only to Continuing Education students, not short courses), please ensure that the Continuing Education Administrator is aware of this, so that you can be added to the Library system. Please contact the Institute's Short Course Administrator for any further queries.


For more details about e-resoures please use the links below:

"For licensing reasons, non-UCL members cannot consult UCL Library Services' electronic resources offsite, but we do have a number of Explore Access Points in UCL libraries, through which visitors can view many resources. Explore is a one-stop service solution for the discovery and delivery of printed and electronic resources. You can search for material within a single resource or across a range of resources simultaneously, see our Explore help pages for details."

How to Apply

Please email Charlotte Frearson at c.frearson@ucl.ac.uk for a current application form 

  • If you wish to apply for a course starting in September 2019 please apply by 30 September 2019 (we accept cheques made payable to 'University College London' or cash - these can be paid prior to / or on the start date of the course).
  • If you wish to apply for a course starting in January 2020 please apply by 15 December 2019 (we accept cheques made payable to 'University College London' or cash - these can be paid prior to / or on the start date of the course).

Please note all courses are subject to change / and some courses are not available due to restrictions on numbers (please contact Charlotte Frearson prior to any application).


Contact the Institute of Archaeology Continuing Education Administrator:

Charlotte Frearson
UCL Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PY
United Kingdom

Email: c.frearson@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 1494

Intensive Short Courses 2019-20

Please contact the course organisers directly with any queries about these courses (details via the links below)