UCL Qatar


New Students

This website is designed to help you prepare for your arrival in Doha, to ease you through the enrolment process and to understand what you will be expected to do during your first few weeks at UCL Qatar. We very much look forward to welcoming you in September!

Welcome from the UCL Qatar Director

Dr Sam Evans, UCL Qatar Director
Interest in cultural heritage is booming across the Gulf region, and beyond. There is a growing appetite among many people to collect antiquities or pieces of art and to enjoy them in museums and collections. The drive to a knowledge-based economy is also fueling the development of libraries to document the history of this rapidly changing region and to facilitate a love of learning and provide rapid access to the global networks of information. New museums and libraries are opening all the time, and discoveries continually take place which throw new light on our past. But nothing of this happens by itself - it needs professionals to lead us forward, and to show direction in this complex world.

UCL’s postgraduate taught and research programmes cover the entire range of this broad field - from the survey and excavation of archaeological sites and finds, through their conservation and interpretation, to their presentation and explanation to the public. UCL Qatar is the only university department offering this spectrum at postgraduate level, and places special emphasis on the region’s rich Arab and Islamic heritage. In doing so we work closely with UCL’s world-renown Institute of Archaeology in London. This allows us to deliver to our students a global perspective and 75 years of cutting edge experience.
We aim to offer you the best of both – a strong regional focus and global vision.
You have been selected following a rigorous procedure and admitted on the basis of the excellence, motivation and potential you have shown so far in your education. We now want to challenge you to reach even further, but also to take a much broader perspective, well beyond the single academic discipline you are studying.

We aim to nurture your potential and talent so that you can become a cultural heritage leader of the future, and give you the opportunity to help shape the profile of a new and evolving profession in the Gulf and beyond. A profession that cares about the past as well as the future.

We hope that you will make the most of your time at UCL. This website has been designed as a reference for our newly arrived students – those who are already based in Qatar, as well as those students who are joining us from overseas. We trust it will act as a useful guide for you in the run up to your enrolment. As always, you may contact our staff, should you require any further support and information.
I look forward to meeting you at the start of the academic year.

Warm regards

Dr Sam Evans
Director of UCL Qatar

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