Research course


UCL - University College London · Institute of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in a relevant discipline (pass of 70% or better including 70% in the dissertation) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Months of entry


Course content

Current research at the Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources. Research is carried out in tropical Africa; Asia; Britain and Europe; China; Egypt; the Pacific; South America and the Caribbean. The institute is organised in three major sections: Archaeological Science; Heritage Studies; World Archaeology and has over 20 research networks. Research focuses on the following areas: Archaeological theory Archaeology of hunter-gatherer, early agrarian and ancient urban societies Comparative archaeology in a global context Human palaeobiology, subsistence, diet and health Indigenous archaeology Museum studies, heritage management and public archaeology Palaeoecology and environmental change Prehistoric, ancient and classical art Quantitative methods and computer applications Technology and conservation of ancient materials.

Department specialisms

Major research groups are: environment and culture, social and cultural dynamics, heritage studies, material culture and data science, complex and literate societies.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Three Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships in the Humanities will be available for PhD students starting in 2014 in the area of literature, language and history. Competitive applications for AHRC awards for MPhil/PhD study may be made via the Institute of Archaeology. The admissions deadline for those wishing to be considered for AHRC funding is likely to be early December. Please contact the institute for details.

Funding opportunities available for students is provided by the UCL Graduate School.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Andrew Reynolds
+44 (0)20 7679 7495
020 7383 3001