Degree structure



The degree is structured around a theoretical object-led core-course based at the Petrie Museum, includes another core course on archaeological theory, as well as a range of course options and a dissertation. More detail on each of these components is offered below.

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

Students normally choose to follow further option courses up to the value of 45 credits. There is a very wide range of Masters course options available at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, but for this degree, the normal choices include:

  • Egyptian Landscapes: Archaeological Perspectives (ARCLG198, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt (ARCLG226, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 


(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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