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MA Art & Archaeology Courses


The UCL Institute of Archaeology offers a range of related modules in archaeology which can be studied as part of your MA degree. Pre-approved modules are listed below: full details of all UCL Institute of Archaeology modules can be found here

  • ARCLG195 The Aegean from the First Farmers to Minoan States 

Half module (20 credits)
Cyprian Broodbank: UCL Institute of Archaeology
Details here

  • ARCLG196 The Late Bronze Age Aegean

Half module (20 credits)
Cyprian Broodbank: UCL Institute of Archaeology
Details here

  • ARCLG202 The Mediterranean world in the Iron Age

Half module (20 credits)
Corinna Riva: UCL Institute of Archaeology
Details here

  • ARCLG203 Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean

Half module (20 credits)
Corinna Riva: UCL Institute of Archaeology
Details here


  • CL5182 Understanding Pompeii and Herculaneum

Prof. Amanda Claridge (RHUL)
40 credits
Meets: Tuesdays 3-6 pm (the first meeting is Tuesday, 1 October 2013)
In-depth study of the material remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum (and the villas at Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale) and their special value – but also their limitations – as primary sources for archaeologists and cultural historians.  We analyse both the general issues of preservation, excavation, and chronology, and a range of topics relating to the specific types of evidence for which the Vesuvian sites are renowned: the diversity in the size and composition of insula blocks, of individual houses, shops, bakeries, tombs, and bath-buildings, the locations, nature and significance of gardens, of  wallpaintings and mosaic/marble flooring, of fountain-, dining-, bathing- and cooking-installations, of lararia, the locations, forms and functions of portrait images, of animal and mythological sculptures and paintings, and of anthropomorphic furniture and fittings. We also take advantage of the opportunities to compare town, suburb, coast and country, the private and the public, the rich and poor, on their own local terms and in the wider context of Roman Italy. The course aims to expand your knowledge of the different types of evidence from Pompeii and its sister sites, to give you a fuller understanding of the problems relating to this evidence and its interpretation, and some critical appreciation of recent scholarship on the more contentious issues. Your essays give you the chance to demonstrate such learning outcomes, to acquire the ability to summarise complex material clearly and to handle written, visual and material evidence in addressing specific themes. . Lectures will be shared with undergraduates; there will be a dedicated MA seminar each week.
* A five-day study visit to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Boscoreale, Stabiae & Naples will be run during RHUL Reading Weeks in both the Autumn and Spring Term, which MA students are welcome to join in on (optional).
Asssessment: two essays of 5000 words each, on topics defined in consultation with course teacher.  
Place: Royal Holloway, Egham Campus (room tbc).


  • 7AACM821 The Classical Art of the Body: Greek Sculpture and its Legacy

Dr Michael Squire (KCL)
+40 credits
Details here

  • 7AACM830 Greek Pottery & Painting

Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (KCL)
+40 credits
Details here

  • 7AACM840 Ancient Painting: Subjects and Significance

Dr Will Wooton (KCL)
+40 credits
Details here

  • 7AACM851 The City of Rome

British School at Rome Annual Postgraduate Course
+40 credits
Details here

  • 7AACM900 Roman Britain

Dr John Pearce (KCL)
40 credits
Details here

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