Research course

Archaeology

Institution
University of Worcester · Institute of Science and the Environment
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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Entry requirements

MPhil - First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement.

PhD - A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Archaeology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

The Archaeology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project. Our staff have expertise in the prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Europe, landscape archaeology and material culture studies. You’ll also receive support from our science and geography technicians with your field and laboratory-based work.

Throughout your research degree, you’ll be able to use the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state-of-the-art library facilities. You'll have access to a research laboratory where you can work on projects and utilise laboratory equipment, specialist software, as well as mapping, geophysical and topographical equipment.

Key features

  • Available as a full-time or part-time course (completed over a maximum of six years), with start dates in January and October.
  • All students are offered a wide range of optional training workshops throughout the programme.
  • You will be allocated to one of two pathways, depending on your experience and knowledge as a researcher.
  • Our supervisors have broad expertise, including Mesolithic, Neolithic, Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman Britain.
  • You’ll have access to an excellent range of resources, including a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, drone, helikite, and geophysical and topographical survey equipment.

Supervision areas

The School of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme.

Our staff have expertise in the prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Europe, landscape archaeology and material culture studies.

Resources

Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state-of-the-art library facilities.

The Archaeology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard software and other mapping-related equipment, supported by a dedicated technician. The suite also has its own A3 colour laser printer and A3 scanner for staff and student use.

The School has a drone and helikite which can be used for the creation of aerial imagery and digital camcorders, cameras and microphones which students can use for data capture and creating podcasts.

A further six science and geography technicians offer support with field and laboratory-based work.

Students have access to a research laboratory where they can work on projects and more generally, relevant laboratory equipment includes microscopes, DNA analysis equipment, laboratory ovens and soil testing equipment.

The School also has geophysical (gradiometry and resistivity) and topographical (mapping and survey grade GPS, total stations, a laser scanner) survey equipment and a full field excavation kit.

Specialist software packages such as ArcGIS, Digimap, Geoplot, Adobe illustrator and photogrammetry are also available.

Department specialisms

Staff have expertise in the prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Europe, landscape archaeology and material culture studies.

Information for international students

Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    70 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Research School
Email
research@worc.ac.uk
Phone
01905 542182