UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Artefact Studies

This course provides training in the documentation and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections. Students benefit from a placement within a museum or an archaeological unit where experience will be gained in the practice of finds analysis.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd Class Bachelor's degree in archaeology or related subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Course modules

Core modules: approaches to artefact studies; options: antiquities and the law; archaeological ceramic analysis; archaeological glass and glazes; archaeometallurgy i: mining and extractive metallurgy; archaeometallurgy ii: metallic artefacts; art: interpretation and explanation; British and European prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age; experimental archaeology; funerary archaeology; interpreting pottery; issues in conservation: understanding objects; lithic analysis.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through formal lectures, seminars and practical sessions. It can include a placement at a relevant museum or archaeological unit where students gain experience in the practical study and the recording of an artefact assemblage. Assessment is through an essay, a portfolio, a project proposal and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 9,285 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 18,670 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,665 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

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7679 7495