UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Urban Archaeology

The study of urbanisation is an increasingly important aspect of world archaeology and considers how cities have come to dominate human society and whether archaeology can contribute to the shaping of future cities. This MA aims to develop both critical theory and practical approaches in this vital field of academic research.

Entry requirements

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

Course modules

Core modules: Approaches to urban archaeology: themes and concepts; the archaeology of complex urban sites: analytical and interpretative techniques; themes, thought and theory in world archaeology: foundations; London within the Roman world: a case study in urban archaeology; options: applied heritage management; approaches to artefact studies; archaeology and ethnicity; archaeological approaches to the human use of space; beyond chiefdoms: archaeologies of African political complexities; Egyptian landscapes: archaeological perspective; environmental archaeology in practice; geoarchaeology: methods and concepts i; geographic information systems in archaeology i; geographic information systems in archaeology ii; interpreting potter - lecture and practical; mediterranean world in the Iron Age; near eastern material cultures i: Neolithic and early Bronze Age; Near Eastern material cultures ii: middle Bronze Age through the Iron Age; research skills for spatial analysis; social complexity in early China: from the Neolithic to the early empire; spatial analysis in archaeology; the Aegean from first farmers to Minoan states; the late Bronze Age Aegean; zooarchaeology in practice.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and structured reading. Assessment is through written and practical essays, oral examination and the dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month 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

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