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Degree Structure

Courses

Our undergraduate curriculum has changed. Below are details of the new curriculum which has been introduced for 1st year students in 2013-14. Current 2nd & 3rd year students follow the previous BA in Classical Archaeology Degree structure.

Classes at UCL take the form of lectures and small-group seminars, as well as laboratory sessions. Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core courses, which are fixed by us, and optional courses chosen by you from a wide range of possibilities. For further details of the language components of the degree, please see the Department of Greek and Latin website.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1

In your first year you will receive a solid grounding in both practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, an introduction to Greek and Roman archaeology, and the opportunity to study ancient Greek or Latin at a level appropriate to your background (from beginners to advanced). All students take the following three core courses:

  • Introduction to Archaeology (ARCL1014, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Field Methods (ARCL1015, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Sites and Artefacts (ARCL1016, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • World Archaeology: from early states to globalization (ARCL1003B, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Ancient Language (1 course unit, 22 weeks)

You are also asked to choose TWO of the following half-unit options:

  • Introduction to Roman Archaeology (ARCL1002, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Introduction to Greek Archaeology (ARCL1004, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Texts in Archaeology (ARCL1011, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

Year 2

The second year provides you with a more advanced understanding of archaeology and classical civilization and allows you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options. All students take the following four core courses:

  • Research and Presentation Skills (ARCL2038; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)
  • Theory and method for the archaeology of the Ancient World (ARCL2044; 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks)

You are also asked to chose several option courses to the value of three course units. Of these, typically at least one unit's worth will be from options which consider Greek and Roman art and archaeology. 1.5 units will be chosen from the whole range of Archaeology and Classical World options (including ancient languages). The final half unit may be chosen freely, subject to the approval of the degree tutor

Year 3

In your third and final year, you continue to develop knowledge of particular subject areas through a choices of many course options, but are also given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree (see below) and to write a 10,000 word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor. More precisely, all students do the following:

  • a Fieldwork Portfolio (ARCL3056; 0.5 course unit) or Field Study Tour Report (ARCL3057, 0.5 course unit)
  • a Dissertation (ARCL3024; 1 course unit)
  • Archaeology in the World (ARCL3097, 0.5 course unit, 11 weeks) *New course currently being developed*

You are also asked to choose several optional courses to the value of 2 course units from the wide range of 2nd and 3rd year course options available each year.  At least 0.5 units worth should be in Greek and/or Roman Art/Archaeology. One unit should be chosen from the whole range of Archaeology and Classical World options, leaving a final half element to be freely chosen, subject to approval of the degree tutor.


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