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Archaeology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #10 (QS) ,
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest and most highly regarded centres for archaeology, cultural heritage and museum studies in the world, as evidenced by its leading position in university league tables and National Student Survey results.

About

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.

Careers
Doctoral graduates have become university lecturers, senior administrators, senior museum and heritage management curators, postdoctoral researchers on academic projects or for other organisations including the BBC and other media companies.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Research Associate, UCL
  • Research Associate, University of Bologna
  • Director of School of Heritage and Culture Studies, Great Zimbabwe University
  • Researcher, University of Cyprus
  • Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, The American University of Rome
  • Employability
The UCL Institute of Archaeology has strong links with numerous organisations and universities both internationally and within London and the UK including the British Museum, English Heritage, UNESCO, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Arts Council and numerous national park services across the globe. We host several centres including the Centre for Applied Archaeology, International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology, and the Centre for Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies.
  • Networking
In addition, the department holds an extensive range of seminars and lectures generated by our sections, centres and research networks given by guest speakers from across the world and over 200 honorary members of staff who regularly contribute to the life and work of the institute, including offering supervision for research students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic 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.

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

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19010 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4915 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4915 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU: £4,915 (FT); £2,455 (PT)
  • Overseas: £19,010 (FT); £9,560 (PT)

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Competitive applications for LAHP (AHRC) awards for MPhil/PhD study may be made via the Institute of Archaeology.

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