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Entry requirements

This research based Master's degree is suitable for those students entering postgraduate study with a strong background in the discipline, gained either through an undergraduate degree, or through a well-regarded conversion Master's programme.

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: Advanced.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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

Months of entry


Course content

This MA provides a broad-based training in social science approaches to the analysis of material and visual media. Its core approaches range across art, photography, film and media within visual anthropology, to consumption, museum anthropology and cultural heritage, architecture, digital anthropology, landscape, cultures of materials, and fashion.

Our long-standing material and visual culture programme was the first of its kind in social science, and the department is a leader in the field in terms of number of staff, publications and research. Many of our lecturers specialise in various fields of material culture, ranging from architecture to consumption to photography to space exploration. We played a significant part in establishing the field, and we host and edit key publications such as the Journal of Material Culture, the journal Home Cultures, and book series. We are also specialists in a range of theoretical and critical approaches and traditions within the area, many of them different forms of critical materialism.

We are based in one of the largest anthropology departments in the UK, which is routinely considered one of the top ten anthropology departments in the world (4th in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020). This means that among staff and researchers we have first-hand expertise of working as researchers in most kinds of social environment and many parts of the world. UCL anthropologists have worked on every continent and many countries, and in all kinds of social, commercial, private and public environments. We can advise on most kinds of cultural research and guide your work.

London is a highly collaborative environment. We have close links with material culture practitioners and anthropologists in many museums, companies, third sector organisations and other institutions. The city is host to an unrivalled spectrum of opportunities for intellectual dialogues, events and engagements.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group presentations and discussion, tutorials, independent directed reading, interactive teamwork, laboratory and practical work, video, film and web based courses. Students will also have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries and other relevant sites. Assessment is through coursework, unseen examination, a portfolio of engaged material and visual culture work based on the practical sessions, and the dissertation.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7679 1040