The Mediterranean, the world' s largest inland sea and the interface of Europe, Africa and western Asia, is one of the major crucibles of cultural, economic and political change in world history, a focus of scholarship for all periods between the Palaeolithic and the present, and a place where the past plays a critical role in the present, as well as in the creation of a viable future.
Modes and duration
Part-time students typically take core modules in year one and choose optional modules in year two.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in archaeology or a related 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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
Students will develop an understanding of Mediterranean societies from earliest times through Classical antiquity until the early medieval period, and of major interpretative paradigms and principal investigative techniques - including fieldwork and archaeological science - applied to the Mediterranean. One or more specific regions will be analysed in depth from a comparative perspective, and Mediterranean societies will be studied holistically.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Mediterranean Archaeology.
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.
All students are required to take the following:
- Heritage Ethics and Archaeological Practice in the Middle East and Mediterranean
- Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
From an outstanding range of Masters course options, students choose options worth 60 units of credit (usually four 15-credit courses), among which are dedicated Mediterranean archaeology options. At least 30 credits should normally be chosen from the list below of option courses recommended for this degree programme
- Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates
- Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach
- Making and Meaning of Ancient Greek Art
- Making and Meaning of Ancient Roman Art
- Medieval Archaeology: Selected Topics and Current Problems
- The Mediterranean: Human interaction from Prehistory to Ancient Colonialism
- Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the Near East: City-states and Empires
- Museum and Site Interpretation
- Sources and social research methods for heritage and archaeology
- The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The Emergence of Villages and Urban Societies
- The Archaeology of the Silk Roads
- Themes and Debates in Egyptian Archaeology
- Themes and Debates in Islamic Archaeology and Heritage
- Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics
Detailed descriptions of the core courses and modules can be found here. Please note not all modules are available every year.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words (90 credits). Approaches that explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged, and students will be able to draw on the expertise of more than 50 members of the institute's staff.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and assessed through essays and the dissertation.
Taught modules are normally timetabled in the first two terms, though assessed work may be scheduled for submission up until the end of the first week of the third term, depending on which options have been selected. Full details of the timetable for each module are included in the individual module handbook. Students are expected to use the remaining months to work on and write their dissertation. Modules on Masters’ degrees are usually taught through seminars, though depending on the module, lecturing may also be involved. Some modules will also have associated practicals, laboratory sessions, or field trips. Most modules taken by MA in Mediterranean Archaeology students are based on a 2-hour weekly seminar throughone term (15 credit) or, more rarely, the first two terms (30 credit).
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Institute of Archaeology Master's Awards: a small number of grants up to the value of £1,000 are available for the academic year 2021/22. All UK/EU and Overseas fee-paying students with an offer to start any Master's degree offered by the IoA are eligible to apply. For an application form please email Lisa Daniel. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2021.
UCL Institute of Archaeology International Masters Student Award: thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor the scholarship will enable one international fee paying student to undertake a year of study. It will provide support of up to £26,000 for the duration of their degree and funds can be used to support fees and/or maintenance costs at the recipient’s discretion. Further details can be found here. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2021.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are expected to pursue further studies at PhD level or embark on a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.
Successful graduates will have been fully prepared to undertake research on ancient Mediterranean societies, from a comparative region/period/theme-specific perspective, and will also possess the expert background knowledge to move on to related professional work in or on the Mediterranean (subject to the particular requirements of the role). They will also have honed their transferable skills in critical analysis, debate, presentation and writing skills that are key to any future professional career.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study. Its own outstanding library is complemented by UCL’s Main Library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries all located within walking distance from the Institute.
This programme deploys the institute’s unparalleled research and teaching strengths in Mediterranean archaeology, which must constitute the largest single concentration of expertise anywhere in the UK.
UCL’s own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research and students may work on material from the institute’s collection as part of their assessment. Regular interaction with the British Museum, its collections and staff offers a further invaluable opportunity to add to one's learning experience.
Department: Institute of Archaeology
Application and 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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or history (with some suitable archaeological experience) who wish to develop their skills, although other previous pathways are carefully considered too.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Mediterranean Archaeology
- why you want to study Mediterranean Archaeology at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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