Managing Archaeological Sites MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Managing Archaeological Sites MA examines why certain archaeological and heritage sites, including World Heritage Sites, are selected for preservation, and how power relationships and different perceptions of contemporary values impact upon this. It explores international and local approaches to how sites can be successfully managed, conserved and presented to preserve their significance.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£26,600
£13,300
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students will learn practical approaches to a range of challenges intangible heritage management, including participatory processes, physical conservation, digital documentation, visitor management, site interpretation, World Heritage nomination, and heritage tourism. Students will understand the theoretical issues surrounding heritage management, and how to apply a planning process to holistic and sustainable site management, based on the recognition of a site's values to interest groups. They will also master a technical vocabulary to communicate with site management specialists.

Who this course is for

The programme has an international perspective and will appeal to students from a range of academic backgrounds (e.g. archaeology, conservation, planning, architecture, museum studies, tourism). In balancing theory and practice, it will suit those wishing to continue to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage administration or international organisations.

What this course will give you

Teaching of the theory and practice of archaeological heritage management is undertaken within the context of the Institute of Archaeology's international outlook and membership, with student and staff involvement in field research projects around the globe. Additionally, the seminars benefit from the participation of heritage practitioners who bring experiences from different parts of the globe and who are specifically selected to discuss practical challenges under themes of the programme. This provides a unique range of the most up-to-date perspectives and circumstances, reflected in critical discourse. Heritage management is rooted in contemporary society and its issues, and the graduates of the programme are involved in the political and social ramifications of how archaeological sites are used and perceived in the present. Social, economic and development strategies mean that the preservation and management of archaeological heritage have to be set within wider concerns for human dignity, equality, justice and long-term sustainability. This degree equips students to engage in this discourse. In balancing practice and theory, it will suit those wishing to continue on to academic research and those seeking employment in heritage management structures or international organisations.

The foundation of your career

Students on this programme gain an understanding of a wide range of practical methods for the conservation, management and interpretation of cultural heritage, which provides a sound basis for a wide range of employment opportunities of the heritage sector. Students also master a technical vocabulary to communicate with heritage professionals and agencies and develop strong transferable skills in written and oral communication, teamworking, digital documentation and dealing with complex stakeholders.

Employability

Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work in heritage management and policy development for international organisations and national heritage agencies of different countries. They have also worked in specific heritage sites, museums, development control, heritage consultancies, site interpretation and education. Many students have also gone on to further research in academic institutions around the world or here at UCL.

Teaching and learning

Assessment is through essays, project reports, projects and practicals (depending on the options chosen), and the dissertation.

Modules

Full-time

The teaching is carried out in the first two terms. In the second term, the students identify a dissertation topic and a dissertation supervisor. Then in the third term, the students begin work on their dissertations, which continues over the summer. Research skills sessions provide support for this and the students have to make an oral presentation of dissertation plans to staff and students to obtain feedback.

The programme of study serves as an expansion of undergraduate studies or as a foundation for PhD research and professional work.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites.

Placement

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. This is not assessed and is not a mandatory requirement. 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, World Heritage UK City Museum (Palermo), Ancient Merv State Archaeological Park (Turkmenistan), and the National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo, Japan).

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Transport for fieldtrips outside of London will be arranged by the Department. Students will need to make their own way to fieldtrips within London.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Institute of Archaeology Master's Awards: three studentships to the value of Home fees for the degree the successful applicant has been accepted onto. Home and International students with an offer to start any Master's degree offered by the IoA are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 1st March 2022. For further information and to download an application see here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/study/graduate-taught/applying/ucl-institute-archaeology-masters-award Any queries please email Lisa Daniel. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2022.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Heritage and Museums Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: 1 March 2022
Value: Full Home Fees (1yr)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK

Institute of Archaeology International Masters Student Award

Deadline: 1 March 2022
Value: Up to £26,000 (1yr)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at graduate level
  • what do you consider to be the major challenges in this field today
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • why you want to study Managing Archaeological Sites at UCL
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment at UCL

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021