University College London

      Archaeological Science: Technology and Materials MSc

      University College London
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      Typology Postgraduate
      Location London
      Duration 1 Year
      • Postgraduate
      • London
      • Duration:
        1 Year

      Scientific analysis is a key tool in the study of archaeological artefacts and assemblages. This MSc offers detailed training in the use of scientific techniques for the analysis of archaeological and heritage materials, and a solid background in the archaeology and anthropology of technology, allowing students to design and implement archaeologically meaningful scientific projects.

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      Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, England
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      To take into account

      · Who is it intended for?

      Given our strong emphasis on research training, many of our MSc graduates take up further research positions after their degree, and over half of our MSc students progress to PhD research. Their projects are generally concerned with the technology and/or provenance of ceramics, metals or glass in different regions and periods, but most of them involve scientific approaches in combination with traditional fieldwork and/or experimental archaeology. Some of our graduates are now teaching archaeometry or ancient technologies at different universities in the UK and abroad. Others work as conservation scientists in museums and heritage institutions, or as finds specialists, researchers and consultants employed by archaeological field units or academic research projects.

      · Requirements

      A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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      What you'll learn on the course

      Technology within Society
      Data science
      Archaeological Glass

      Course programme

      This degree aims to bridge the gap between archaeology and science by integrating both a detailed training in the use of scientific techniques for the analysis of inorganic archaeological materials and a solid background in the anthropology of technology. By the end of the degree, students should have a good understanding of the foundations of the most established analytical techniques, practical experience in their application and data processing, as well as the ability to design research projects that employ instrumental analyses to address archaeological questions.

      Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

      The programme consists of one core module (15 credits), four optional modules (75 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

      Core modules
      • Laboratory and instrumental skills in archaeological science
      Optional modules

      You are then able to choose further optional modules to the value of 75 credits. At least 15 credits must be made up from the following:

      • Technology within Society
      • Archaeological Data Science

      At least 30 credits must be made up from the following list below:

      • Archaeological Glass and Glazes
      • Archaeometallurgy
      • Comparative Archaeologies of the Americas I: First Peoples to Emerging Complexity
      • Geoarchaeology: Methods and Concepts
      • Interpreting Pottery
      • Working with Artefacts and Assemblages

      In order to allow for a flexible curriculum, students are allowed to select up to 30 credits from any of the postgraduate modules offered at the UCL Institute of Archaeology under other Master's degrees.


      All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

      Teaching and learning

      The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations and laboratory work. A popular aspect of this programme is its extensive use of analytical facilities. Assessment is through essays, practicals, projects, laboratory reports and oral presentations depending on the options chosen, and the dissertation.

      Additional information

      Fee - £22,000 (FT) £10,990 (PT)

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