The Mediterranean, the world’s largest inland sea and the interface of Europe, Africa and western Asia, is one of the major crucibles of cultural, economic and political change in world history, a focus of scholarship for all periods between the Palaeolithic and the present, and a place where the past plays a critical role in the present, as well as in the creation of a viable future.
Students will develop an understanding of Mediterranean societies from earliest times to the early Medieval period, and of major interpretative paradigms and principal investigative techniques - including fieldwork and archaeological science - applied to the Mediterranean. One or more specific regions will be analysed in depth from a comparative perspective, and Mediterranean societies will be studied holistically.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (45 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (90 credits).
Core modules - all students are required to take the following: -Mediterranean Dynamics -Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Foundations
Optional modules - from an outstanding range of Master's optional modules, students choose options to the value of 60 credits, at least one of which must be choses from the following options; -Mediterrean Prehistory -The Mediterranean World in the Iron Age -The Transformation of the Roman Mediterranean. -The remaining must be made up from the list below: -Aegean Prehistory: major themes and current debates -Ancient Italy in the Mediterranean -Art: Interpretation and Explanation -British and European Prehistory: Neolithic to Iron Age -Egyptian Archaeology: An Object-Based Theoretical Approach -Intangible Dimensions of Museum Objects from Egypt -Making and Meaning in Ancient Greek Art -Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art -Medieval Archaeology: Selected Topics and Current Problems -Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the Near East: City-states and Empires -Museum and Site Interpretation -Society and Culture in Ancient Egypt -The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the Near East: The Emergence of Villages and Urban Societies -Themes, Thought and Theory in World Archaeology: Current Topics -Making and Meaning in Ancient Roman Art
Dissertation/report All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Approaches that explore new connections or comparisons are strongly encouraged.
Teaching and learning The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars and assessed through essays and the dissertation.
Graduates of this programme are expected to pursue further studies at PhD level or embark on a wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology.
Employability Successful graduates will have been fully prepared to undertake research on ancient Mediterranean societies, from a comparative region/period/theme-specific perspective, and will also possess the expert background knowledge to move on to related professional work in or on the Mediterranean (subject to the particular requirements of the role). They will also have honed their transferable skills in critical analysis, debate and presentation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study. Its outstanding library is complemented by UCL’s Main Library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.
This programme deploys the institute’s unparalleled research and teaching strengths in Mediterranean archaeology, which must constitute the largest single concentration of expertise anywhere in the UK.
UCL’s own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research and students may work on material from the institute’s collection as part of their assessment.
The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom.The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country. UCL expects to be able to allocate five awards this academic year.Applicants must: - Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries); - Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level; - Be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme; - Have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country; - Not be employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable); - Be themselves, or through families, unable to pay for the proposed programme of study in the UK; - Be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete.Value, Benefits and Duration - The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances. - Awards are normally tenable for one year.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries); Hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level;
You must apply for the scholarship on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online following the procedures described on their website. In order to be considered for this scholarship at UCL, you must complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by the deadline of T23:59 (UCT) Sunday, 21 February 2016.