The PhD involves a minimum of three years full-time or six years part-time directed research, at the end of which you will produce an 80,000-word thesis on your chosen subject. You should have a merit at MA level. As a doctoral student, you devise your own programme of research in consultation with your academic supervisor. Assessment is conducted by both an internal and external examiner and involves a viva voce examination.
Studying for an MPhil degree involves a minimum of two years of full-time or four years of part-time directed study, at the end of which you will produce a 60,000-word thesis on your chosen subject. Students registered for the MPhil may transfer to the PhD if their work is judged to be of suitable quality and promise.
PhD/MPhil students follow a course of independent study supervised by an academic member of staff, and it is important that you identify a supervisor who has the necessary expertise in your specialist field. All applicants are asked to complete a research proposal as part of the application process, outlining your idea for a research topic, the methods and sources of evidence you would like to use and the resources and training you will require. We strongly encourage you to contact the department before submitting an application in order to discuss your proposal and identify a suitable supervisor.
You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) and a taught postgraduate (MA/MSc) in Archaeology or a related subject, at ‘merit'. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
If your first language is not English, you must achieve an overall score on the British Council IELTS test of at least 7 with no less than six in each element. Test results should be no more than two years old.
Staff research interests
Our research covers a wide range of chronological, thematic and geographical areas, ranging from early prehistory to the present day. Particular areas of strength include:
- human-plant-animal relations through palaeoanthropology, archaeobotany and zooarchaeology
- the study of archaeological materials and ancient technology and production; the scientific analysis of glass
- Mediterranean prehistory
- later prehistory of Europe
- underwater archaeology
- roman archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the north-west provinces
- the Archaeology of Late Antiquity
- early medieval archaeology in Britain and north-western Europe
- later medieval and post-medieval archaeology
- the archaeology of standing buildings
Please see full details of our department’s research profile and current projects for further information.