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What will I learn?

The PhD is offered, according to subject-area, in Archaeology or in Conservation Studies. A PhD should normally be completed within three years from the start of enrolment. Thus research projects should, at the outset, be designed to be capable of completion (including submission of the thesis) within that time, and the timetable for the conduct of research should reflect this: although the Regulations make provision for an additional year for the submission of the thesis, students should not embark on the PhD programme expecting to avail themselves of this.

Candidates are enrolled for the degree PhD, but this enrolment is subject to progression at the end of each academic year. If the Graduate School Board decides not to allow progression, it may recommend instead that the student should be allowed to submit a thesis for the award of an MPhil degree or a dissertation for the award of an MA or MSc degree by research (where those degrees are available), subject to the normal regulations and requirements for those degrees.

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.

The thesis should be submitted by the end of the period of full registration and certainly not later than one year after the end that period. In exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of a student's supervisor and of the departmental Graduate School Board, the Board for Graduate Schools may allow an extension of up to two further years for full-time students, and up to three years for part-time students. Students who extend their registration beyond three years full-time or six years part-time will be placed on the 'long-term register', for which a continuation fee is payable.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,750.00 (US$ 24,431) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

October 2021, January 2022, April 2022, July 2022


University of York



YO10 5DD, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You’ll need at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class (2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a master’s 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.


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.

  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Part of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities
  • York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities
  • More than 20,000 students from over 150 countries