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                                           PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

Programme title:                                        MA Egyptian Archaeology

Final award (BSc, MA etc):                              MA
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code:                                              N/A
(where applicable)
Intake cohort(s) to which this                          from session 2007-08 onwards
programme specification is applicable:
(e.g. from 2001 intake onwards)

Awarding institution/body:                              University College London

Teaching institution:                                   University College London

Faculty:                                                Social and Historical Sciences

Parent Department:                                      Institute of Archaeology
(the department responsible for the administration of
the programme)
Departmental Web page address:                
(if applicable)

Method of study:                                        The programme can be taken either full-time or part-time

Criteria for admission to the                 

Length of the programme:                                One calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher                           M
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement                    N/A
(see Guidance notes)
Brief outline of the structure of the         
programme / its assessment:
(see guidance notes)
Board of Examiners:                                     i) Name of Board of Examiners:
                                                        Institute of Archaeology Masters Board

Professional body accreditation                         N/A                                         Date of next scheduled
                                                                                                    accreditation visit:
(if applicable):

1. To provide a broad and in-depth introduction to theoretical issues in archaeology, particularly of ancient Egypt.

2. To encourage critically aware perspectives on archaeological practice and research in Egyptian archaeology.

3. To consider the potential contribution of current developments in archaeological theory and method and what
such applications may add to our understanding of archaeology relevant to Egypt.

4. To encourage the ability to develop and explore original research questions in Egyptian archaeology.

5. To enable students to embark on future research and professional careers in Egyptian archaeology.

6. To identify the key problems facing archaeology in Egypt and to consider future directions which may positively
contribute to the appropriate development of Egyptian archaeology.


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

                                         A: Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:                             Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
1.Recent Egyptian archaeology in relation                   Acquisition of 1 through participation in the Themes,
to general trends in archaeological                         Thought and Theory in World Archaeology and the
theory.                                                     Archaeology of Ancient Egypt core courses.

2.Issues that currently dominate Egyptian                   Acquisition of 2 through the Archaeology of Ancient
archaeology – their origin, nature and                      Egypt course, which features presentations and
relevance.                                                  seminars.

3.An aspect of current archaeological                       Acquisition of 3 through the optional courses available.
theory, method, or practice.

4.Specific research themes concerning                       Acquisition of 4 through the dissertation which must
Egypt.                                                      address an aspect of or issue relating to Egyptian
                                                            archaeology. Work undertaken in 1, 2 and 3 may inform
                                                            (but not replicate) that of the Dissertation.
                                                            Students will be assessed in 1, 2 and 3 through the
                                                            preparation of critical essays and an oral examination. 3
                                                            may also include other forms of assessment, such as
                                                            practical reports and tests, depending on the particular
                                                            course chosen. 4 is assessed by means of a 15,000
                                                            word Dissertation.
                                            B: Skills and other attributes

Intellectual (thinking) skills:                             Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Critical perspectives.                                      All courses feature regular assessment of student’s
Analysis and interpretation.                                performance and abilities, principally through the
Organisation and presentation.                              preparation of essays. These are designed to encourage
Planning and design.                                        students to access new information, collate potentially
                                                            large sources of information and to select those sources
                                                            which best represent the view which they wish to
                                                            propose. Students are also encouraged to construct and
                                                            test arguments through the regular seminars that are
                                                            held. The Dissertation encourages the student to search
                                                            for new data, either through primary analysis of material
                                                            or through reviews of publications, including work in
                                                            disciplines associated with archaeology (particularly
                                                            anthropology and history).

                                                            Through critical essays and through the Dissertation.

                                            C: Skills and other attributes

Practical skills (able to):                                 Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Identify and access a wide range of                         Through tackling essay questions which require a
resources (library and otherwise).                          breadth of reading, critical analysis, and review, students
                                                            will develop their own skills in processing raw
Apply new ideas and methods to                              information and producing coherent assessments of that
Egyptian material.                                          data. Preparation for seminars will also require the
                                                            development of skills associated with organisation and
Develop skills in a particular area of                      presentation. These skills will all be enhanced by the
analysis, presentation or study.                            15,000 word Dissertation.

Communicate effectively in verbal and
written presentations.
                                                            Essays assessing critical skills, presentations, oral
                                                            examination, and the Dissertation.

                                            D: Skills and other attributes

Transferable skills (able to):                              Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Identify, transfer, and apply ideas and                     These skills will be developed through the operation of
practice from one context to another.                       the core and optional courses, and through
                                                            presentations, seminars, and supervisions. In order to
Critically evaluate source material.                        succeed in essay and dissertation production and
                                                            preparation for group seminars, the student must
Identify and access rare or remote                          develop and harness this range of skills.
sources of information.

Effectively create and communicate

Organise and produce work to a defined

Collaborate with other students to enable
more effective processing of resources.

Use computers and other practical skills
developed from personal research
                                                          Assessed critical essays, individual project-work and the
                                                          Dissertations, oral examination. Peer interaction and
                                                          assessments in seminar contexts.
The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
 the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements
 the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
 UCL teaching and learning policies;
 staff research.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the
learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes
full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,

content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the
departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed by the
College and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Programme Organiser(s)              Dr Richard Bussmann


Date of production/                 08.04.03 /

Date of revision:                   11/02/13

Date approved by Head of            08.05.08                           Signed:

                                                                       Professor Stephen Shennan
Date approved by Chair of           08.05.08                           Signed:
Departmental Teaching
                                                                       Dr Sue Hamilton
Date approved by Faculty                                               Signed by Chair:
Teaching Committee


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