What will I learn?

The Distance Learning (DL) PhD is offered, according to subject-area, in Archaeology or in Conservation Studies and aims to let you obtain a doctorate when you need more flexible residence requirements than those allowed by our conventional PhD degree. DL learning outcomes are the same as those of the latter degree, as are milestones for progression and entry requirements. We will, however, ask for justification for taking the DL option and will then assess the feasibility of the work programme. The latter will be embodied in a plan of study outlining resources and facilities needed, training requirements and an associated timeline, which will need to be in place before being accepted onto the programme. A research topic that requires specialised equipment and facilities may not be possible as DL, unless special arrangements can be agreed in advance which ensure that these needs can be met for the duration of your degree.

Candidates shall submit a thesis of no more than 90,000 words, or their equivalent in tables and illustrations, but excluding prefatory and bibliographic material, appendices and catalogues. The thesis is expected to be a piece of work which a capable, well-qualified and diligent student, who is properly supported and supervised, can complete within three years. It should be a significant and original, but not necessarily complete, contribution to knowledge, and demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship of the chosen topic to its general field of learning. The thesis is expected to meet the standards of presentation, illustration, and documentation which apply in the profession.

Which department am I in?

Archaeology

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,750.00 (17,76,777) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022, April 2022, July 2022

Online/Distance (6 years)

Tuition fees
£8,875.00 (8,88,388) per year
The fees quoted are for one year of study. Fees are subject to increase in subsequent years but this increase will be set at a maximum of two per cent in each year for continuing students.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022, April 2022, July 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second-class (2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a Masters degree. IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components; TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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