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Archaeology, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #152 (QS) Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Through our Archaeology PhD at the Newcastle University 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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Overview

Our Archaeology MPhil and PhD programmes at the Newcastle University 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There is no application closing date but specific deadlines for funding may apply. We suggest international students apply at least two months before. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in north-west Europe
  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain and north-west Europe
  • Copper and Bronze Age in Italy and the Mediterranean
  • Iron Age/Roman transition

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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.
  • International Students
  • To study this course you need to meet our Band 5 English Language requirements:
  • Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The fees given above are indicative only. The standard fee will be confirmed in Spring 2019 by UKRI. 

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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