Research course

Archaeology

Institution
Durham University · Department of Archaeology
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

PhD: Normally a Masters degree in Archaeology or related subject and an Honours degree, usually 2:1 or higher, preferably in Archaeology, Anthropology or related fields; a GPA of 3.0 or above for North American candidates at First degree level MPhil: An Honours degree, usually 2:1 or higher, preferably in Archaeology, Anthropology or related fields; a GPA of 3.0 or above for North American candidates at First degree level

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The MPhil in Archaeology comprises a two-year research-led programme of work undertaken with staff supervision, culminating in a thesis of no more than 70,000 words in length. Candidates are required to demonstrate some originality and discrimination in the conduct of their investigation and to show that they appreciate the relationship of their theme to a wider field of knowledge. Their thesis should include a contribution to knowledge worthy of publication, although the thesis itself need not be in a form suitable for publication. The thesis is read and assessed by an internal and external examiner. An oral examination is a compulsory element of the assessment for this degree and is conducted by the internal and external examiners. Successful completion not only enhance employment opportunities but also offers a preparation for PhD studies.

The PhD in Archaeology comprises a three-year research-led programme of work undertaken with staff supervision, culminating in a thesis of no more than 100,000 words in length. Candidates are required to demonstrate the ability to conduct original investigations, to test or explore ideas / hypotheses (whether their own or those of others), and to understand the relationship of the theme of their investigations to a wider field of knowledge. The thesis should include an original and significant contribution to knowledge, for example through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or a new analysis of older views. It should also include substantial matter worthy of publication, though it need not be submitted in a form suitable for publication. The thesis is read and assessed by an internal and external examiner. An oral examination is a compulsory element of the assessment for this degree and is conducted by the internal and external examiners. The PhD is considered an essential requirement to academic employment as a post-doctoral researcher or in a lectureship. It also offers a wide range of transferable skills for employment outside the academic sector.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership; Natural Environment Research Council; Durham Doctoral Scholarships; Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarships; Durham Academic Scholarships scheme; Isabel Fleck Fellowship; Haycock Studentship; Rosemary Cramp Fund; Birley Bursaries.

Qualification and course duration

MPhil

full time
24 months

PhD

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Department of Archaeology
Email
enquiries.arch@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 1100