Research course


The University of Manchester · Archaeology

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Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. You are strongly advised to discuss a draft proposal with your proposed supervisor(s) prior to formal application.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD Archaeology programme will see you undertake substantial original research leading to a thesis that constitutes a genuine contribution to archaeological knowledge. You can undertake your PhD as either a full-time or part-time programme.

Archaeology students often undertake some form of fieldwork as part of their PhD, such as small-scale excavation, survey, rock art recording, and working with museum collections and archives.

You could also carry out qualitative social research in the realm of heritage studies (eg conducting qualitative interviews or participant observation).

Archaeology research at Manchester is characterised by a number of themes, which give a distinctive flavour to our research and teaching. These include the study of:

  • History, theory and practice of Archaeology;
  • The archaeology of cultural identity;
  • Landscape, monuments and architecture;
  • Technology and society;
  • Death and the body
  • Archaeological heritage and the contemporary significance of the past.

Our doctoral students participate in a thriving disciplinary research culture, with regular research seminars and an archaeology postgraduate forum run by archaeology PhD students.

Many of our students undertake some undergraduate teaching following appropriate training.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559