Students applying for an MA by Research have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a taught postgraduate degree (MA or MPhil). Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February
We offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in a range of areas across Byzantine, Prehistoric, Classical, Historical, Conflict, Landscape, Funerary and Environmental archaeology, as well as Geographical Information Systems and virtual environments.
The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning
Phenomenology of landscapes; battlefield archaeology; archaeological approaches to warfare and violence; Prehistoric landscape archaeology and geomatics, including cultural resource management, using GIS for the predictive modelling of site archaeological locations; Roman provincial archaeology; late antiquity; urban archaeology; current fieldwork in Éauze, France; Landscape archaeology; computing; geographic information systems; Balkan archaeology; current field and research projects include Forum Novum (Italy), the Stonehenge Landscape, the Adriatic Islands Project, and the North Sea Project; Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe; archaeological theory; archaeology of ritual and religion; archaeology, visual representation and popular media; current fieldwork includes the Medway valley Prehistoric Landscapes project and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project. Environmental archaeology and palaeonentomology, use of insect remains to examine the development of the Holocene landscape of the Trent Valley and the Severn Estuary; insect faunas from both urban and rural human habitation sites and their use in the interpretation of archaeological contexts and ultimately human behaviour; Classical archaeology; Greek prehistory; Bronze Age Macedonia; current research at Mycenae, Knossos, Assiros and Servia; Late prehistoric, Romano-British and Dark Age British archaeology; industrial archaeology; research projects include the Wroxeter Hinterland Project; Byzantine archaeology; urban and rural economy.
Information for international students
The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of hospitality to overseas students. Students study in a diverse and multicultural community. Students become part of a diverse postgraduate community through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.
Fees and funding
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. For more information, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
Qualification and course duration
MA by research
Course contact details
- Director of Postgraduate Studies