UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World

This course offers students an education in the archaeology of the Arab and Islamic world, as well as practical training in archaeology through placement work and fieldwork sessions. The programme equips students to meet the need for qualified professionals with expertise in the past material culture of the region.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a related discipline from a UK university, or GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 (US system), or another overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Degree class requirement could be waived for candidates with other exceptional qualifications, such as professional experience in related fields.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: year one: archaeology of the pre-Islamic middle east; archaeology of Islamic societies; archaeological method and theory; technical skills for cultural heritage; year two: archaeology of Arabia and the gulf; options:; subject to availability and demand, options may include:; GIS in archaeology 1; community archaelology; maritime archaeology; papyri and the history of the medieval Muslim world; approaches to Islamic ceramics; archaeology of the ottoman empire; urban foundations of the middle east; ancient south Arabian epigraphy.

Assessment methods

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, structured reading, seminar presentations, and practical sessions, along with the eight weeks of directed work while on placement. Assessment is through written essays, placement portfolio, assessed exercises, dissertation and oral examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 2 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Georgetown Building (Qatar) Doha 23689

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Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
00974 4000 2700