Department of Archaeology

Archaeology research degrees (PhD, MPhil, MSc, MA by research)

Why a research degree at Nottingham?

Nottingham's Department of Archaeology has a thriving research community and offers a vibrant environment and excellent facilities. All students are invited to participate in an unrivalled programme of research training and skills development.

Members of staff are actively engaged in research and field projects extending from the British Isles and throughout Europe, to western Asia and South Africa.

Archaeology students at Nottingham working in the dirty materials laboratory

Supervision and research expertise

The department offers supervision for MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas.

Chronologically, the department's research and supervision expertise extends from the study of human evolution and palaeolithic archaeology, to early prehistory and the beginnings of farming and, to the development of complex societies in later prehistory, and the historical societies and empires of the Roman, medieval and post-medieval periods.

We also have internationally-renowned expertise in social bioarchaeology, specialising in palaeoanthropology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, and in the scientific analysis of archaeological materials (ceramics, metals and glass). 

Supervision areas for archaeology research students



Teaching and learning

The Department of Archaeology offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.

Alongside supervision and research training, Archaeology research students have many opportunities to participate in and gain practical experience from research activities.  

The department holds a weekly research seminar series, and runs a programme of dedicated Archaeology Masterclasses through the year on specific themes and techniques. Every year we host the Next Generation Archaeology conference, which our staff and students organise together, where you will have the opportunity to present your research to a wide audience.

The department hosts a number of research centres, including the Centre for Spartan and Peloponnesian Studies (in cooperation with the Department of Classics), the Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, and the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. The University also has an internationally renowned Institute for Medieval Research, which includes members from the Departments of Archaeology, History, English and Cultural and Language Studies.

The Research Centres hold regular seminars with speakers including centre members and distinguished visitors; organise conferences and other events; coordinate shared research projects; and provide opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration for both staff and students.

Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership 

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for doctoral students including for seminars, symposia and conferences, and personal study space.

Key spaces for Archaeology students include the Humanities Building, which houses the dedicated laboratories for archaeological materials and bioarchaeology, a microscope laboratory, the Departmental Electron Microprobe research facility for high resolution elemental analysis, and the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research.

Within University Park there is also an outdoor Experimental Archaeology Area complete with yurt, and the University of Nottingham Museum.

Research students also have access to the Graduate SchoolSocial Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals.



Dr Naomi Sykes discusses the Bioarchaeology Lab, Humanities Building


Funding for research students

The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).

The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.

The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. 

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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships. 

You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.


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View our research opportunities in the postgraduate online prospectus

Archaeology PhD/MPhil

Archaeological Science MSc
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Archaeology MA (by Research)


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t: +44 (0)115 951 4883
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Department of Archaeology

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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