UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Materials, Anthropology and Design

The course is for people with a personal passion for material culture, materials innovations, crafts, designs, heritage, and the cultural issues which they present. Some are social scientists rethinking the engagement of anthropology, ethnography and material culture; others are designers or makers exploring cultural and social issues.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course modules

Core modules: materials, anthropology and design; options: anthropology of the built environment; anthropology of art and design; mass consumption and design; anthropology of cultural heritage and museum anthropology; social construction of landscape; ethnographic film; archaeobotanical analysis in practice; archaeometallurgy 1 (mining and extractive technology); archaeometallurgy 2 (metallic artefacts); archaeological glass and glazes; interpreting pottery; lithic analysis; archaelogical ceramics and plaster; issues in conservation (understanding objects).

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Several courses entail practical instruction, including visits to product design companies and trade fairs; archaeological field sites; Kew Botanical Archive and the British Museum. Assessment is through unseen examination, long essays, research methodology project and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding; those who are accepted for this master's programme may also be eligible to apply to the Institute for English Heritage funded bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 9,020 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 18,670 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,510 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 9,285 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Taught Programmes Officer
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020 7679 1040