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Postgraduate Study

The MPhil in Archaeological Research aims to give students an excellent grounding in higher level research, which provides an ideal platform for PhD studies. 

It achieves these aims by training students in a particular subject of specialisation through independent, supervised research. By the end of the course, students are expected to have carried out a substantial, independent research project with command of a broad knowledge base and original results or insights into their field of specialisation. It also trains students in the research process itself, via supervised work in major stages of the process such as reviewing past work, designing a research project, collecting data and analysing data. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to conduct independent research at a professional level within archaeology. Further, it gives students training in a range of general, transferable skills, such as writing, presentation, research skills, and formulating and analysing arguments. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to exercise these skills in any professional-level work which requires them.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this MPhil, students should have: 

Knowledge of general archaeology method and theory and of a specific field within archaeology.
The ability to participate in academic discussion at a postgraduate level.




Students taking the MPhil in Archaeological Research who wish to continue to the PhD in Archaeology are required to achieve a mark of at least 68 overall and no less than 68 in their dissertation. They must obtain the support of an appropriate supervisor before making an application. In some circumstances, additional academic conditions may be set to ensure that appropriate skills are in place prior to admittance to the PhD programme.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

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Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
April 24, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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