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Postgraduate Admissions

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 £75 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.

All PhD applications are subject to submission of an approved proposal and the availability of a suitable supervisor.

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 periods associated with central funding deadlines when admissions are at their peak. 

For particularly popular options with limited places, it may be necessary to hold applicants on a reserve list until the full number and strength of applications are clear.

Applicants are particularly advised to note relevant funding deadlines when making their application. Applicants who apply in the run up to the January funding competition deadline will be reviewed in December-January and can usually expect to receive a decision in February. Applications made after this deadline will be considered from February onwards and decisions will usually be made within 12 weeks unless applicants are placed on a reserve list due to a limit on available places. Interviews are held (usually virtually) at the panel's discretion.

For more information, please see  here.

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)
    You are required to upload a research proposal not more than five to ten pages long specifying the research that you hope to undertake and including a statement of the research question and proposed methods. You must discuss this informally with a potential supervisor in the department before you submit it as part of your application.
  • Sample of work (1)
    Applicants should submit a sample of written academic work of no more than 2500 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 must contact potential supervisors informally for discussions before they make their formal applications and they must name the potential supervisor in the application. Applicants for the PhD in Biological Anthropology 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 here. Staff can be contacted by email or telephone, details of which are provided on their profile page.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Archaeology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Michaelmas 2022

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.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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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