MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Egypt and the Middle East

MA Egypt Near East Bar

Co-ordinator: David Wengrow

UCL is a world-leading centre for research and teaching in the archaeology and cultural heritage of Egypt and the Middle East. Our faculty includes over twenty researchers with expertise in these regions, from prehistory to the present, as well as instruction in relevant ancient languages and scripts. We have a distinguished and ongoing history of active fieldwork throughout the Middle East and North-East Africa, and lead the way in developing new theoretical perspectives on the archaeology and heritage of these regions. UCL is also an international centre for research in cultural heritage, conservation and museum studies, where the study of the past is critically related to the concerns of the present.

Egyptian and Middle Eastern archaeology at UCL are embedded in the vibrant research environment of London’s Bloomsbury Campus, in the centre of one of the most exciting cities in the world. On your doorstep you will find the research facilities and collections of the British Museum, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Egypt Exploration Society, and the Institute’s own extensive collections from the study region, including the Petrie Palestinian Collection. Your instructors on this degree will be internationally excellent scholars whose research is at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

UCL’s wide range of archaeological expertise provides a unique opportunity to study Egypt and the Middle East in a truly comparative context, and with a sensitivity to the contemporary circumstances and recent history of the study region, including the legacy of colonialism and the ethical challenges of archaeological research. In addition to taught courses, students have the opportunity to develop a program and research dissertation tailored to individual interests. These may include the application of new skills in archaeological science, exploring new theoretical and comparative perspectives, critical approaches to the use of museum collections and archives, representations of the past in museums and the media, or the contestation of cultural heritage in the present.

The program is ideally suited to students seeking to combine advanced study of Egyptian and/or Middle Eastern archaeology with new technical and interpretative skills, including an understanding of the frameworks of practice and policy through which cultural heritage is managed and presented in these regions today. Previous UCL graduates in these areas have regularly gone on to doctoral research, or found employment in related areas, the public and heritage sectors, and the wider economy. With its international staff and student body, the Institute of Archaeology is well known for its welcoming atmosphere, challenging intellectual climate, and supportive feedback structure. It is regularly rated top among UK archaeology departments for student experience.

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