Postgraduate

Archaeology MPhil, PhD

Archaeology MPhil, PhD

MPhil - full time: minimum 12 months, part time: minimum 24 months
PhD - full time: minimum 36 months, part time: minimum 72 months

Profile

Through our Archaeology MPhil/PhD you will conduct original and advanced research into a specialist area of archaeology. This is a perfect programme to advance your academic career in archaeology; you will also develop employability skills including project management, report writing, problem-solving, independent working, and research.


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About this degree

Our Archaeology MPhil and PhD programmes are research degrees, conducted as supervised independent study, assessed through a single written document that is supported with a viva voce examination.

Both degrees involve the production of new knowledge through original research and advanced scholarship, exploring a field of academic study in detail. This involves detailed understanding of the methods, techniques and approaches needed to produce such knowledge, and the wider context of the subject of study.

Our PhD students produce a thesis which includes material worthy of academic publication. A PhD qualification is usually necessary for an academic career involving post-doctoral research and/or lecturing.

These programmes are based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and cover a wide range of specialisms.

Research supervision is available in the following periods and regions:

  • World Prehistory from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age
  • Archaeology of the Greek World including Minoan and Mycenaean Civilisations
  • Archaeology of the Roman World from the Republic to Late Antiquity
  • Roman Frontier Studies
  • Byzantine and Islamic Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology, 500-1500 CE
  • Historical Archaeology of the Modern World
  • Archaeology of Europe, North America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia and Africa

Thematic research is also strong at Newcastle and research supervision is available in the following areas of enquiry:

  • Archaeological Theory and History of Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Art, Religion and Ritual
  • Archaeology of Buildings and the Built Environment
  • Bodies, Burial and Identity
  • Colonialism and Slavery
  • Conflict Archaeology from Prehistory to the 21st Century
  • Environmental and Geoarchaeology: Plants, Animals and Sediments
  • Experimental Archaeology and Past Technologies
  • Foodways, Pastoralism and Upland Archaeology
  • Human-Animal Relationships from the Palaeolithic to Present Day
  • Landscape Archaeology, GIS, Remote Sensing and Survey Methods
  • Landscape Heritage, Management and Sustainability
  • Material Culture and Artefact Analysis: Ceramics, lithics, metals, glass and coins
  • Museum Collections and Historic Archives
  • Social Organisation and Social Complexity
  • Zooarchaeology and Animal Bone Pathology

You are encouraged to contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research proposals prior to applying for a research degree.

Profiles of our staff, who will supervise you, are available on the School website. You can also view our current postgraduate research projects and our recent postgraduate research projects.

Inter-disciplinary research is supported, and research projects can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, such as history, ancient history, classics, or fine art.

Video: Postgraduate Archaeology at Newcastle

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 100 for Archaeology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

Delivery

You will be guided by a team of two supervisors. The primary supervisor will meet with you at least 10 times a year and the secondary supervisor will attend at least three of these meetings.

You will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your supervisory team at the start of your studies to identify any skills that require further development to enable you to conduct your research.

Your development plan will help you to mature into a well-rounded researcher capable of undertaking research in a wide range of careers. Your training needs analysis is updated annually to reflect any changes in project or skill needs. 

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Training & Skills

You will receive a tailored package of support from the University to ensure you maximise your research and future career. There are also opportunities to undertake your research at Newcastle within a Doctoral Training Centre, Centre for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnership.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Training Programme and Student Support

Our Faculty Research Training Programme is a community made up of postgraduates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

It is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as a sound foundation for doctoral studies.

Our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. Staff and students from across a range of disciplines can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite, a purpose-built facility for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences. There are also a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our Research Student Support Team will provide support and advice throughout your studies. The team can help you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Doctoral training centres and partnerships

Being part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) means that you can benefit from the research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics. You'll also be studying alongside a cohort of other PhD students.

These centres are often interdisciplinary, combining expertise and training from multiple subject areas. You may also be able to collaborate with an industrial or commercial organisation.

Your PhD will be funded. Normally the fees are covered and you'll receive a tax-free stipend or living expenses. Additional funding is sometimes available to cover things such as conference attendance and research materials.

The centres/ partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

Home

Full time: £4,407*
Part time: £2,203.50*

*The fees given above are for 2020-21 only. For 2021-22 entry, we will be aligning our standard Home research fees with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2021 by UKRI. 

International

Full time: £18,000

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. PhD applicants should have a merit or distinction master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent.

You must submit two letters of recommendation (obligatory) and a writing sample, such as a chapter from an MA dissertation or a published paper (optional). 

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Before applying you should identify a supervisor from our staff who specialises in the area you wish to research. You are encouraged to contact them to discuss your intended path of study before you apply.

Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal ‌(PDF: 42KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

Start dates

There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • September

There is no application closing date for this course but specific deadlines for funding may apply. 

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966
Email: pg.historical@ncl.ac.uk

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