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Postgraduate Study


This is a research-based course. Non-assessed events in which students are normally expected to participate include short presentations on thesis work, professional skills presentations, laboratory sessions and individual meetings with the course director.

One to one supervision

Supervisions are offered on theses and seminars are offered on topics related to research being carried out.

Students are able to request supervisions with their supervisors as and when required and feasible.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students can attend lectures relevant to their studies on an informal basis.

Journal clubs

Generally not applicable; however, students are able to be involved in research group meetings.


Students will receive regular feedback from their supervisor throughout the academic year. Students wishing to continue to the PhD should discuss this with supervisors early on.


Thesis / Dissertation

All students will write a thesis of not more than 30,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee.  The assessment includes an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis shall provide evidence to satisfy the examiners that a candidate can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject. The thesis and examination form the sole assessment for the degree.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
April 26, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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