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Degree structure

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Courses

The degree is available either full-time over one calendar year or part-time over two calendar years (commencing September). It comprises two core courses, three further option courses chosen by the student and a dissertation. More detail on each of these components is offered below.

Core Course - All students must take the following:

  • Issues in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (ARCLG155, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses - Students normally choose to follow three further option courses up to the value of 45 credits. These can be selected from the outstanding range of Masters course options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, but for this degree, the normal choices include:

  • Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean (ARCLG203, 15 credits, 11 weeks) (not available in 2012/13)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological perspectives (ARCLG198, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCL269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCL270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt (ARCL226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Archaeology of complex urban sites: Analytical and interpretative techniques (ARCLG219, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Aegean from first farmers to Minoan states (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The archaeology of early Egypt and Sudan (c.10,000-2500 BC) (ARCLG197, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCL196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean world in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks) (not available in 2012/13)
  • The late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCLG196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Issues (ARCLG194, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes in urban archaeology (ARCLG222, 30 credits, 22 weeks)

Students on this course may also take the following options in UCL's Department of Ancient History:

  • Change and continuity in the Ancient Near East in the first millennium BC: the Assyrian and Babylonian empires (15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Power and knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia (15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Near Eastern religion (15 credits, 11 weeks)

Dissertation (90 credits) - All students are asked to write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a suitable research topic, with guidance from an assigned supervisor.

Examples of past projects include:

  • interpreting Neolithic mortuary practices in Upper Mesopotamia
  • comparing the role of Cyprus and Bahrain in Bronze Age metal trade
  • reassessing the role of Egyptian material culture in Minoan state formation
  • the experience, use and meaning of light in ancient Mesopotamia
  • rethinking the impact of Assyrian imperialism upon secondary states in the Iron Age Levant
  • constructing communities and creating social relationships in Neolithic Anatolia
  • structural dynamics of ritual sacrifice in the Middle Bronze Age Levant

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