Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a deadline for applying?
- Is there more than one intake a year?
- What are the Entry Requirements?
- What are the English Language Requirements?
- I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?
- Do both of my references need to be academic?
- I do not have all of my references; can I still submit my application?
- Can I study part time?
- Can I study by distance learning?
- Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?
- When does the course start?
- How long is the course and what are the term dates?
- Do all of your options run each year?
- Can I take additional option choices?
- Where do your students come from?
For the majority of our Masters degrees we can accept complete applications (with both references) until 1st August with the following exceptions:
- MA Cultural Heritage Studies: 1st March
- MA Museum Studies: 20th January
- MA Principles of Conservation: 1st June
- MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums: 1st April
- MSc Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology: 1st April
These deadlines are absolute unless places are still available on individual courses. Please click here for availability. Applications need to be complete with both references by the above deadlines. Please note that your application will not be uploaded until both references have been submitted. We regret that we are unable to offer a waiting list for any degree.
We can accept complete applications from October until 1st August if there
are still places available on the degree. However if you are applying for
funding we would need your admissions application at least six weeks before the
Please note that UCL will not accept applications after 1st August.
No, our Taught Masters degrees start in September only.
We look for the equivalent of a 2:1 or better at undergraduate level.
This is the equivalent to a GPA 3.3 or better on the North American System.
We do not require a GRE score (North American students only).
If you are unsure whether you are eligible please contact Lisa Daniel for further clarification.
All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English Language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.
The required evidence may take the form of either:
1. Substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment, or
2. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. The UCL Institute of Archaeology looks for ‘Good level’. We look for the following:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
Prior to January 2015: Overall score of 51, pass in all components.
From January 2015 onwards: Overall score of 185 with 169 in all subtests: Overall score of 51, pass in all components.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
Prior to January 2015: Score of 67 or above. No less than 52 in each skill
From January 2015 onwards:Overall score of 185 with 169 in all subtests
City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL)
Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
UCL Pre-sessional English Courses
These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes
This Diploma is run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic), with the following grades:
69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
Please note that UCL no longer accepts TOEFL
You may apply for a place on the degree without a current English test. Any offer would be made conditional on obtaining this before the degree starts in September. Please note that if you are a non EU student you will need to have an unconditional offer in order to apply for a visa.
Ideally you should be submitting two academic references;
however we will accept one reference from an employer. If you have been out of
academic life for more than five years we would accept two employer references
if an academic reference is impossible to obtain.
Unfortunately we are cannot process applications until both references have been received. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact Lisa Daniel for further clarification.
Online applications cannot be uploaded until both references
have been submitted electronically.
Please note that your referees will receive an email requesting a reference once you have submitted your part of the application form. If they have not receive the link you can resend this via the student portal.
You can study all of our Master Degrees part time. Teaching takes place during Terms I and II. You normally take the core courses and an option during the first year and take the remaining options and dissertation during year two though this is flexible.
You would need to attend two to two and a half days a week depending on the timetable. The timetable is normally ready by mid August. The current timetable will give you an idea when classes take place but please note that next year’s timetable will not identical.
Please note that if you are traveling to the UK on a student visa (non-EU students only) the UK Border Agency will only allow you to study full time.
It is not possible to study the Masters Programmes by distance learning or online.
We would still consider an application from you, however if you do not have an academic background in archaeology it is likely that would need to complete the Graduate Diploma before starting the Masters Degree.
The Graduate Diploma involves taking classes at
undergraduate level giving you the necessary background to go on to the
All taught Masters Degrees start in the last week of September of each year. There are no other start dates during the year.
All Taught Masters degrees last for a full calendar year from September to September except for the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums which is a two year degree.
Teaching takes places during terms I and II. Term III is used to prepare the dissertation.
Term times can be found on the main UCL website.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that all of our options will run each year. Where a degree has options applicants are sent an options questionnaire in May. We use this information to assess which options are viable and are able to confirm which options will be run by mid July.
You can sit in other classes (unless there are restrictions), however you would not be assessed for these.
We are delighted that our students come from a very wide variety of countries. The latest available figures (for August 2013) show that our students come from around 49 different countries, with our graduate students coming from 41. In total about 42% of our students come from outside the UK.