Degree structure



This degree is designed to give students a considerable degree of flexibility over the topics that they study, allowing them to design a degree which is either more theoretically based or more practically based, depending on each individual's needs. All students take the compulsory core course and a related project leading to a dissertation. They also choose to study 60 credits of option courses from the list provided below. Teaching for this degree is primarily by lectures, seminars, practical sessions and site visits.

Core Course

Students all follow one core course:

  • Managing archaeological sites (ARCLG127, 30 credits, 22 weeks)

Option Courses

You are then able to choose further option courses to the value of 60 credits. At least one of these must be made up from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme. The other 45 credits may also come from this list or can be chosen from amongst an outstanding range of other Masters courses offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology (subject to availability and resources).

  • Applied Heritage Management (ARCLG233, 15 credits, 11 weeks). Although this is not a compulsory core course, it is likely that most Managing Archaeological Sites core course students will wish to take this option

Please note that some core courses are normally only available to those enroled for the degree in question and so if you wish to take a core course from another degree as an option certain restrictions may apply. Please consult the relevant course co-ordinator before making your options choice.

  • Antiquities and the law (ARCLG185, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict (ARCLG217, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology and education (ARCLG186, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological approaches to the human use of space (ARCLG116, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural heritage (ARCLG234, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Cultural heritage, globalisation and development (ARCLG209, 15 credits, 11 weeks) 
  • Cultural memory (ARCLG175, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • GIS in Archaeology and History (ARCLG090, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • GIS Approaches to Past Landscapes (ARCLG091, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing museums (ARCLG065, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Museum and site interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Public archaeology (ARCLG056, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Themes, thought and theory in world archaeology: Foundations (ARCLG193, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Themes, thought and theory in world archaeology: Current issues (ARCLG194, 15 credits, 11 weeks)


(90 credits) - Students are also asked to write a dissertation (15,000 words) which will be on any approved topic relevant to the degree and the taught components. It is produced as a result of an individual research project undertaken during the course. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past dissertation projects include ones that have considered:

  • the preservation of archaeological sites in Egypt and the role of local communities
  • the conservation and site management of ring-forts in the Republic of Ireland
  • the management and interpretation of Spanish Civil War defences
  • conservation planning and local participation at archaeological sites in Iran
  • the erosion and stabilisation of earth slopes on archaeological sites
  • urban expansion and the management of historic cities: A case-study from the Han city of Chang'an, China
  • post-inscription support for World Heritage Sites
  • the potential of serial transnational properties for the UNESCO World Heritage List


Students will have the option to undertake a voluntary placement in an appropriate organisation or on-site project for a period of three weeks in total. In recent years, these placements have included organisations such as English Heritage, The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, ICOMOS (Paris), World Monuments Fund (Paris), UNESCO World Heritage Centre (Paris), The Museum of London, Atkins Global, the Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa (Portugal), MIRAS (Iran), City Museum (Palermo), Ancient Merv State Archaeological Park (Turkmenistan), and the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo, Japan). This is not assessed.

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