Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Archaeology
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

2:1 or above (or international equivalent) and a taught postgraduate (MA/MSc) in archaeology or a related subject at distinction. Students with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

One of the fastest growing archaeology departments, with 11 full-time lecturers in archaeology. Recently completed the construction of a new laboratory with state of the art electron microprobe.

Our research covers a wide range of chronological, thematic and geographical areas, ranging from early Prehistory to the present day. Particular areas of interest include:

Human-plant-animal relations through palaeoanthropology, archaeobotany and zooarchaeology

The study of the archaeological materials and ancient technology and production; the scientific analysis of glass, metals and ceramics

- Archaeology of western Asia

- Mediterranean prehistory

- Later prehistory of Europe

- Underwater archaeology

- Roman archaeology of the Mediterranean, the Balkans and the northwest provinces

- The archaeology of Lake Antiquity

- Early medieval archaeology in Britain and north-western Europe

- Later medieval and post-medieval archaeology

- The archaeology of standing buildings

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Archaeobotany; Mediterranean Archaeology; Ethnoarchaeology; Aegean Archaeology; Archaeological Materials; Underwater Archaeology; Medieval Buildings; Roman and Byzantine Archaeology; Prehistoric Archaeology; Celtic Art and Archaeology; Balkan Archaeology; early agriculture; prehistoric Italy; Archaeological science; Iran and Persian Gulf.

Information for international students

The University's International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students with either an EU or Overseas fee status. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of Archaeology web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843