Research course


University of Cambridge · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Merit).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

A high pass of at least 68 in MA or MPhil or equivalent professional experience.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The Division of Archaeology offers an outstanding environment for research and supervision leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Archaeology on a wide range of archaeological topics ranging in time from the Palaeolithic to the modern day, and in space from the Americas to the UK and Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and Australia. We also specialise in archaeological theory, museum and heritage studies, Assyriology, Egyptology and Archaeological science.

PhD students are required to submit a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. This work will represent a significant and novel contribution to the fields of Archaeology, Assyriology, Egyptology or Heritage Studies. The Division of Archaeology provides research training for PhD students through regular Research Skills seminars held in the first and second terms of their first year.

All PhD students are assigned a supervisor and an advisor and may have additional co- supervisors and/or advisors who make up their ‘supervisory team’. You will have frequent meetings with your supervisor and other team members and should meet together with the full team at the end of the second term and at the end of the first year of study. PhD students receive a progress review at the end of their second and fourth terms. These assessments take the form of a progress report and interview with their supervisor and other teaching staff at the end of the second term and a 10,000 word pilot study at the end of the fourth term.


MPhil students wishing to continue to the PhD in Archaeology are required to achieve a Merit mark of 68 overall in Archaeology or a related subject; no less than 68 in their dissertation, and to obtain the support of an appropriate supervisor. In some circumstances additional academic conditions may be set to ensure appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.

Department specialisms

Social Archaeology; Economic Archaeology; Medieval Culture; Ethnoarchaeology; Gender Archaeology; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Science; Museum Heritage and Museum Studies; Later European Prehistory; Early Historic Europe; Archaeology of the Amer

Fees and funding

University, Research Council, private, ORS.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Departmental Secretary
01223 333520
01223 333503