Degree structure



The degree is structured around two core courses and a series of optional courses. The Egyptian core course “Egyptian Archaeology: An object based theoretical approach” is taught through objects in the Petrie Museum and offers training in current debates of Egyptian material culture, hands-on object handling and museum practice. The course “Themes, Thought, and Theory in World Archaeology I” establishes a foundation for approaching the material world. Options include the anthropologically informed course “Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt” as well as a wide range of courses in African, Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Archaeology, Heritage, and Archaeological Sciences.

Students regularly meet their personal tutor throughout the year and have many opportunities to discuss their research and progress individually with members of staff. Numbers of students per course vary but are usually around ten to fifteen to maximise student interaction and learning support.

Students are welcome to sit in on undergraduate language courses, including an introductory course to hieroglyphs and Middle Egyptian grammar in term I and a follow-up language module in term II.

Core Courses

All students must take the following core courses:

  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Egyptian Archaeology: an Object-Based Theoretical Approach (ARCLG200, 30 credits, 22 weeks)

Option Courses

option courses up to the value of 45 credits from the exceptionally wide range of courses offered at the Institute of Archaeology or, in consultation with the degree co-ordinator, at other institutions across London University, including UCL History Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, and King’s College . Note that some of the following options are not available every year. Please, contact the degree co-ordinator for further information.

  • Ancient Cyprus: Colonizations, Copper and City-states (by arrangement with King’s College)
  • Archaeology of the Middle East: Pattern and Process (ARCLG313, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Asia (ARCLG274, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation (ARCLG067, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African political complexity (ARCLG225, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Climate Change and Human Responses in Africa (ARCLG230, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Evolution of Palaeolithic and Neolithic Societies in the Near East (ARCLG181, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Late Egyptian Language (ARCLG331, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures I: Neolithic and Early Bronze Age (ARCLG269, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Near Eastern Material Cultures II: Middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age (ARCLG270, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Mediterranean Dynamics (ARCLG206; 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Mediterranean Prehistory (ARCLG205, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)
  • Middle Egyptian Language (ARCLG328, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Rethinking Classical Art: Sociological and Anthropological Approaches (ARCLG053, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current topics (ARCLG194, 15 credits)
  • The Aegean from First Farmers to Minoan States (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Late Bronze Age Aegean (ARCLG196, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks; if not taken as a core course)


(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:

  • Middle and Late Bronze Age Egyptian re-unification from the theoretical perspective of secondary state formation
  • The capital city in Egyptian political ideology from the perspective of Memphis, Amarna and Thebes
  • Representation of the body in New Kingdom imagery
  • The Romanisation of funerary customs in Roman Egypt
  • The fate of the city of Akhetaten after the end of the Amarna period

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