What will I learn?

The MPhil is offered, according to subject area, in Archaeology or in Conservation Studies.

The MPhil is a degree of considerable distinction in its own right, which may appeal to candidates who, for one reason or another, regard the more demanding requirements of the PhD as impractical. Candidates must register for a period of not less than six terms of full-time study, or twelve terms of part-time study, under the direction of a designated supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel. In certain circumstances, students are registered provisionally for a MPhil, and confirmation of registration will be made not earlier than the end of the second term nor usually later than the end of the third term of full-time study, or for part-time students not earlier than the fourth term nor later than the sixth term (see Ordinances and Regulations, Regulation 2.4).

Candidates shall submit a thesis of no more than 60,000 words (or their equivalent in tables and illustrations, but excluding prefatory and bibliographic material, appendices and catalogues), which demonstrates an ability to investigate and evaluate a chosen topic critically and with some originality, and to set this within a good general understanding of its field of learning. The thesis would be expected to meet the standards of presentation, illustration, and documentation which apply in the profession. The thesis should be submitted within one year of the end of the period of full registration.

Research areas

  • ​Bioarchaeology
  • Digital archaeology
  • Heritage and conservation
  • Medieval and historical archaeology
  • Prehistory and human evolution
  • Theory and practice
  • Material cultures

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£18,900.00 (US$ 25,616) 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. The University reserves the right to alter the level of fee.

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

January 2022, April 2022, July 2022, October 2022, January 2023, April 2023, July 2023


University of York



YO10 5DD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You need a qualification equivalent to a UK Masters with a minimum average grade of 60%. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other units, 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.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About University of York

“The University of York is based in the historic city of York, regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK.”

  • 94 per cent graduate employment rate
  • Part of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities
  • York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities
  • International scholarships available

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