Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Manchester

36 months
19500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The full-time and part-time PhD programmes in Archaeology at The University of Manchester involve substantial original research leading to the production of a thesis that constitutes a genuine contribution to knowledge. Archaeology students often undertake some form of fieldwork as part of their PhD.


Supervision, research training and research environment: The PhD postgraduate Archaeology programme at The University of Manchester is based on supervised independent research. The student-supervisor relationship thus sits at the heart of this programme. 

The breadth of supervision that we can offer is detailed on our website and in the Archaeology Postgraduate Brochure. Each student has a main supervisor, a co-supervisor and an additional panel member who acts as an independent reviewer. The Archaeology Postgraduate Officer provides more generic academic advice and support.

In addition to regular personal supervision our graduate research students each have a research panel which meets a minimum of two times per year (on more occasions if necessary). 

The research panel increases the breadth of expertise available to the student and widens the informational and networking opportunities accessible to them. In addition the panel reviews the development of the student's research proposal, provides feedback on draft chapters and conference papers, discusses research progress, and provides guidance on the formulation of realistic objectives. 

During the course of their programme, research postgraduates need to develop both broad generic research skills and specialised skills relevant to their specific discipline and field study.

Some training in archaeological approaches and techniques is provided through the AHRC Northwest Doctoral Consortium. Additional bespoke training specific to the needs of individual projects is provided by Phd supervisory teams with the support of the Archaeology Research Technician. 

Finally, there is increasing collaboration across the University in the area of archaeological science and support in the form of training and equipment is available to PhD students, to be negotiated on an individual basis through the supervisory team.

Career opportunities

During the course of the doctoral programme students undertake a range of training and career development activities. The supervisory team supports students to review and develop both their generic and disciplinary skills. 

Our students also benefit from a wide range of opportunities to build up their CVs, for instance through participation in staff fieldwork projects, contributing to public engagement, collaboration with Manchester Museum, and participation in University's widening participation activities, such as working with schools. 

We have an excellent track record in terms of graduate employment and many of our former doctoral students have successful and exciting careers working in universities and museums, as well as positions in local and national governments. Some have even set up their own companies!

Programme Structure

Programme unit details

  • There are no compulsory taught modules as part of the PhD programme. However, where appropriate, students may audit undergraduate and masters course units subject to advice and approval by their supervisory panel.
  • Students will also select from a range of research training workshops and short courses as appropriate to their doctoral research project.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. 
  • English language

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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