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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Archaeology is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Applications are normally considered on a rolling basis, therefore, applicants will receive decisions throughout
the period the admissions window is open. Please note however that applications may be gathered at peak
periods associated with central funding deadlines when admissions are at their peak. Applicants are
particularly advised to note relevant funding deadlines when making their application.  Interviews will be arranged on an individual basis and may be via Skype or by telephone.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
  • Research proposal (M)
    The research proposal should be approximately 2000 words in length and should provide an outline of the applicant’s research question and a brief description of the data set and methodology to be used. Applicants must contact a potential supervisor to discuss the research proposal prior to submitting an application.
  • Sample of work (1)
    Applicants should submit a sample of written academic work of c. 2000 words, preferably one submitted as assessed coursework in a previous degree.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Applicants for the PhD in Archaeology should look for an appropriate supervisor in advance of making an application. All staff and their research interests can be found on the Department website. Staff can be contacted by email or telephone, details of which are provided on their profile page.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
April 26, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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