UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Top archaeological researchers and heritage professionals use a raft of computational methods including GIS, data mining, web science, ABM, point-process modelling and network analysis. To impress employers you need the flexibility to learn on the job, leverage open data and program open source software. This MSc draws on UCL's unparalleled concentration of expertise to equip you for future research or significantly enhance your employability. Students learn about a wide range of concepts that underpin computational approaches to archaeology and human history. Students become proficient in the archaeological application of both commercial and open source GIS software and learn other practical skills such as programming, data-mining, advanced spatial analysis with R, and agent-based simulation.

The teaching staff bring together a range and depth of expertise that enables students to develop specialisms including industry-standard and open-source GIS, advanced spatial and temporal statistics, computer simulation, geophysical prospection techniques and digital topographic survey. Most practical classes are held in the institute's Archaeological Computing and GIS laboratory. This laboratory contains Linux servers, ten powerful workstations running Microsoft Windows 10, a digitising table and map scanner. Students benefit from the collaborations we have established with other institutions and GIS specialists in Canada, Germany, Italy and Greece together with several commercial archaeological units in the UK. Several graduates who went on to doctoral research are now lecturers in computational Archaeology: at the University of Cambridge, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Colorado. Other graduates have gone to work in a range of archaeological and non-archaeological organisations worldwide. These include specialist careers in national governmental or heritage organisations, commercial archaeological units, planning departments, utility companies, the defence industry and consultancies.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,410 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,410 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £21,440 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,240 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,240 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,740 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtest. TOEFL iBT overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100