Degree structure



This degree comprises three core courses and several options along with a dissertation, each of which is outlined more fully below.

Core Courses

Students are required to take the following:

  • Environmental Archaeology in Practice (ARCLG188, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Resources and Subsistence (ARCLG187, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students will be encouraged to select option courses up to the value of 60 credits. At least one of these options however must be from the following three practical courses:

  • Archaeobotanical Analysis in Practice (ARCLG101, 15 credits, intensive full week of instruction, plus additional supervisions as needed)
  • Geoarchaeology (ARCLG104, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Zooarchaeology in Practice (ARCLG184, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

The remaining 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:

  • Aegean Prehistory: Major Themes and Current Debates (ARCLG195, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeology of Hunter-Gatherers from Emergence of Modern Human (ARCLG128, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age (ARCLG218, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Funerary Archaeology (ARCLG281, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Key Topics in the Archaeology of the Americas (ARCLG350, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age (ARCLG202, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The emergence of villages and urban societies (ARCLG269)

Please note not all courses are available every year.


(90 credits)- All students are asked to write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic that includes practical lab-based research, with guidance from a supervisor.

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