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PhD Archaeology

UK

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What will I learn?

Programme description

Our PhD Archaeology programme will see you undertake substantial original research leading to a thesis that constitutes a genuine contribution to archaeological knowledge. You can undertake your PhD as either a full-time or part-time programme.

Archaeology students often undertake some form of fieldwork as part of their PhD, such as small-scale excavation, survey, rock art recording, and working with museum collections and archives.

You could also carry out qualitative social research in the realm of heritage studies (eg conducting qualitative interviews or participant observation).

Archaeology research at Manchester is characterised by a number of themes, which give a distinctive flavour to our research and teaching. These include the study of:

history, theory and practice of Archaeology;
the archaeology of cultural identity;
landscape, monuments and architecture;
technology and society;
death and the body
archaeological heritage and the contemporary significance of the past.

Our doctoral students participate in a thriving disciplinary research culture with regular research seminars.

Coursework and assessment

The maximum length of the PhD thesis is 80,000 words. Assessment is based on the thesis and an oral examination.

Career opportunities

You will undertake a range of training and career development activities throughout your PhD.

The supervisory team will help you to review and develop both your generic and disciplinary skills.

You will also benefit from a wide range of opportunities to build up your CV, for instance, through participation in staff fieldwork projects, contributing to public engagement, collaboration with Manchester Museum, and participation in the University's widening participation activities, such as working with schools.

We have an excellent track record in terms of graduate employment, and many of our former doctoral students have successful and exciting careers working in universities and museums, as well as positions in local and national governments. Some have set up their own companies.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£20,500.00 (US$ 24,675) per year
The mentioned fee is for 2022/23 year entry. There might be a slight increase in 2023/24 year entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

25 September 2023

Venue

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,

Manchester,

M13 9PL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students require a Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and A UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in a related subject. Any strong relevant professional experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Students whose first language is not English require one of the following: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component, or an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

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

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