Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Archaeology, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, April, September

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.

Our 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.

Our research can be grouped into the following themes (links go to our Archaeology department pages):

  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Material culture studies
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Forensics.

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about funding opportunities.

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

Course contact details

Department of Archaeology
+44 (0) 1392 724350