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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Archaeology is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Archaeology allows students to gain a critical appreciation of archaeology, the human past, and its place in the modern world, as well as training in research and analytical skills and expertise in a chosen, specialist area. Our emphasis at the MPhil level is on research-led teaching so that staff and students interact in lectures, seminars, language classes and laboratory-based practicals with the aims of mastering the basics of theory and method, while also engaging students as participants in ongoing research projects.

Students may choose to specialise in any of the following options if available - a check should be made with the Department before application to find out which options are available that year:

Archaeology of the Americas

Egyptian Archaeology

European Prehistory

Medieval Archaeology

Mesopotamian Archaeology

Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology

South Asian Archaeology

African Archaeology

All MPhil students in the Department of Archaeology take a Research Skills module and write a dissertation (15,000 words maximum). For each option, students will choose from a list of mandatory and optional modules a combination of one-term long modules and year-long modules making up a total equivalent to three-year-long modules (possible combinations include one year-long module and four term-long modules, two-year-long modules and two term-long modules, and three-year-long modules).

The assessed components of the Research Skills module represent 5% of the final mark, and the dissertation counts for 50% of the final mark. The remaining 45% will be made up from assessment in the mandatory and optional modules.

All module choices must have the approval of the module's instructor and the MPhil in Archaeology coordinator.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of general archaeological method and theory and of a specific field within archaeology.

Ability to participate in academic discussion at a postgraduate level.


Students taking the MPhil in Archaeology 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 appropriate skills, such as language competence, are in place prior to admittance on the PhD programme.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. 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.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
April 26, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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