Further Information

The Institute of Archaeology provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study, with over 290 registered Masters students and 120 MPhil/PhD students and extensive facilities. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

The teaching staff for this degree bring together a range and depth of expertise that is arguably unparalleled at other institutions.

Dorian Fuller
Areas of expertise:

  • Archaeobotany. Human Plant Use in Prehistory, reconstructing agricultural systems, approaches to interpreting archaeobotanical evidence and its integration with theoretical issues in archaeology.
  • Origins and Spread of Agriculture, plant domestication, including work in Asia and Africa.
  • Neolithic China.
  • Later Prehistory/ Protohistory of South Asia, including Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures of India, rise and fall of Harappan Civilisation. South Indian 'Megalithic' Iron Age, and the environmental and climatic prehistory of South Asia.

Julia Shaw
Areas of expertise:

  • Archaeology of ancient Indian religions (especially Buddhism and Brahmanical traditions); their origins, development and spread; modes of interaction with local cults, and relationship with wider economic and politic processes, particularly innovations in agriculture and land-ownership.
  • Ancient irrigation and water management systems in South Asia , their agricultural and symbolic function, and their interface with wider religious and political structures
  • Theories of religious and economic change.
  • Archaeology of pilgrimage.
  • Sectarianism, politics and archaeology.
  • Theory and method of landscape and survey archaeology.
  • Geographical Information Systems. Satellite remote-sensing.

Tim Williams
Areas of expertise:

  • Urbanism,  space syntax, complex societies, recording & analysis of complex stratigraphy, integration of complex data sets, management of archaeological sites and cultural landscapes, World systems theory, Silk Roads.
  • Roman, Levantine, Islamic & Central Asian archaeology.
  • Earthen Archaeology Research, Theory and History.
  • Conservation & management of archaeological sites.

Yijie Zhuang

Areas of expertise:

  • Geoarchaeology. Pathways of early agriculture in China. Long-term environmental change and its impact on human societies.
  • Landscape archaeology. Landscape change in China from late Neolithic period to early imperial periods. Landscape change and emergence of early complex societies.
  • Social complexity in China.

Funding Opportunities

  • For details of Departmental funding opportunities please click here
  • A list of the funding opportunities available for students taking taught Masters programmes is provided by the Student Funding Office.

While you are here

After you leave

  • Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to do PhDs while others have pursued an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.

Further Information and Application Forms

  • Complete applications must be submitted by 1st August at the very latest. Applications are normally accepted anytime from 1st November to 28th July unless there are no longer any places available.
  • For further details, please email Yijie Zhuang, or the Institute of Archaeology's Graduate Admissions Tutor

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