Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for MScR programmes must hold A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline and a strong and viable research proposal.

Applicants for PhD programmes must hold a UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant masters degree with a mark of at least 65% in the dissertation and 65% overall, or their international equivalents.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

We have a long and distinguished tradition of teaching, research and fieldwork in archaeology at Edinburgh, all of which are closely integrated.

We have active research contacts with the National Museums of Scotland, the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments (RCAHMS).

We host research groups in palaeoeconomy and Cypriot archaeology, both involving close collaboration with the SUERC. Staff have internationally recognised expertise in the prehistory of Europe, the Mediterranean and Near East, as well as in archaeological theory, environmental archaeology, osteoarchaeology and forensic anthropology.

Focal areas of research include: human–environment interactions; the transition from hunter-gatherer to farming communities; and the development of complex societies. Our research profile in classical and historical archaeology has also expanded in recent years

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0) 131 650 3772