The Graduate Diploma in Archaeology is designed to give students two options:
- as a stand-alone route, it provides an academic qualification for students who already hold a first degree in non-archaeology subjects and would like to have a further qualification or a conversion to an archaeology qualification;
- as a foundation year, it provides the preparation for an MA degree in archaeology for those students who hold a first degree in non-archaeology subjects.
The Graduate Diploma at the UCL Institute of Archaeology is fully integrated within the teaching programme of the Institute: Graduate Diploma students take a number of undergraduate courses and lectures, which follow the normal timetable of undergraduate teaching. This is unlike many other university diplomas, and makes the Graduate Diploma at the UCL Institute of Archaeology unique.
Full-time students are required to take the equivalent of four full course-units; part-time students will take two course-units (normally including the two core courses) in Year 1 and two course-units in Year 2.
Students are required to take the following two core courses:
Besides the two core courses, students are required to take the equivalent of three additional course-units, chosen from full and half units available to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates; all course-units must be advanced level course-units. Further details on available course-units.
The majority of courses are assessed by coursework only but some, including Interpreting Archaeological Data (ARCL0037), are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.
Proceeding to the MA or MSc at the UCL Institute of Archaeology
Whilst 40% is the minimum requirement to be awarded the Graduate Diploma, those students wishing to proceed to a Master's programme of study at the UCL Institute of Archaeology must normally achieve an overall average mark of 65% or higher in order to be allowed to proceed to the Master's programme.
To be considered for the Graduate Diploma you must complete an admissions application form. This can be downloaded from the UCL Graduate Studies website.
Your application must include:
- A completed application form
- Two references
- Copies of your transcript
- An English Language Qualification if English is not your first language.
Once the Department has received your admissions application you will be sent an email confirming receipt.
Once a decision has been made on your application you will be sent an informal email letting you know the outcome, normally within two weeks of your interview. An official offer letter will be sent by College Admissions.
Please note that if you apply online your application will not be uploaded until both referees have submitted their references. You can check the progress of your online application form at any point during the application process.
College Admissions can experience delays during busy times (especially during January to April). If you are also applying for funding please contact Lisa Daniel to confirm whether you should send your application direct to the Department.
Ideally you should be submitting two academic references; however we will accept one reference from an employer. If you have been out of academic life for more than five years we would accept two employer references if an academic reference is impossible to obtain.
A transcript is a breakdown of marks you obtained in each course/module you took at University.
Your University will be able to provide you with this. If you are currently studying please provide a transcript of the past two years marks.
If your transcripts are not in English you will need to provide an official translation. This can either be through your University, the British Council, the British Embassy or an official translator.
If you are a current UCL student please print off your current marks from your PORTICO record.
English Language Qualification
Contact the Institute of Archaeology Graduate Programmes Administrator:
Miss Lisa Daniel
UCL Institute of Archaeology
University College London
31-34 Gordon Square
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 7499