Research course


University of Exeter · Archaeology
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

For MA (Res) normally a degree at 2:1 level or above. in an appropriate subject (for example, Archaeology, Geography, Anthropology, Environmental Science, History, Ancient History or Classics.). For MPhil/Phd normally a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Archaeology, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject. For full details please see the website.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Research in the Archaeology Department covers human origins through to the recent past, and is characterised by theoretically informed field-based approaches and a strong commitment to methodological innovation. The staff and research students work in Britain, mainland Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework the Department was ranked 3rd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The research can be grouped into the following themes;

  • Archaeology of the Americas;
  • Bioarchaeology;
  • Experimental archaeology;
  • Landscape archaeology;
  • Material culture studies
  • Wetland and coastal landscapes

Department specialisms

Research Areas: Archaeology of the Americas Bioarchaeology Experimental Archaeology Landscape archaeology Material culture Wetlands, coastal and maritime landscapes

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

Visit our website for details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
36-48 months
distance learning
36-84 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months
distance learning
24-60 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months
distance learning
12-36 months

Course contact details

Department of Archaeology
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 724350