Ph.D. Blended

Archaeology (Distance Learning)

University of York

36 months
18900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Archaeology (Distance Learning) PhD from University of York is offered, according to subject-area, in Archaeology and aims to let you obtain a doctorate when you need more flexible residence requirements than those allowed by our conventional PhD degree. 


DL learning outcomes are the same as those of the latter degree, as are milestones for progression and entry requirements (see further below). We will, however, ask for justification for taking the DL option and will then assess the feasibility of the work programme. The latter will be embodied in a plan of study outlining resources and facilities needed, training requirements and an associated timeline, which will need to be in place before being accepted onto the Archaeology (Distance Learning) PhD from University of York. A research topic that requires specialised equipment and facilities may not be possible as DL, unless special arrangements can be agreed in advance which ensure that these needs can be met for the duration of your degree.

Specific Requirements

You will be required to visit York in person for at least two weeks per year, with a compulsory visit at each annual progression point (usually late September. You are required to present an outline of your research focus in mid-June as part of first year progression, but this may be done remotely). Attendance can be in a single block or at different times - we recognise that there will be variations in the logic of each research programme, so will try to be flexible accordingly. In addition, you are required to be present for two weeks at the beginning of the degree, to attend induction activities organised by the university and the department. Otherwise you study at arms length but with continuous contact with your supervisor(s) (Skype, email attachments etc.. Hence access to an internet connection is essential for this programme). You will also have formal meetings of your Thesis Advisory Panels (TAP) twice a year, usually in late September and late March, which formally monitor progress (the latter meeting may happen remotely, unless it coincides with your being here anyway)

Both student and supervisor will sign an agreement which sets out key elements of the above before registration: the outline study plan (see above - a condition of being accepted), attendance pattern, where you will be based in terms of your day-to-day research work, supervision arrangements, and access to local resources if relevant. Any changes to this plan will need to be approved by the Department's Research Committee and the university’s Special Cases Committee.

Programme Structure

  • Candidates must pursue a total of nine terms of full-time study (or eighteen terms part-time), under the direction of a designated supervisor and Thesis Advisory Panel.
  • The University of York has adopted learning outcomes for doctoral programmes based on the Joint Research Councils' Skills Training requirement. 
  • Candidates funded by the Research Councils are required to participate in a personal development programme and to undertake a minimum of 30 days generic training throughout their period of full registration. 
  • These training opportunities are also available to students not so funded, and they are strongly recommended to pursue them.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.



Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

For research programmes, you must submit your research proposal with your application. This should:

  • outline the research question you intend to explore and explain its significance 
  • discuss what else has been done in this sphere and how you intend to build on these foundations
  • indicate the sources of data/evidence that you plan to use and its availability, plus the related methods of analysis
Obviously, some of these matters, especially the last, may not have been decided yet and will develop further anyway during the course of your reserach - this is just to set out a starting point. We recommend that you seek advice from your potential supervisor (i.e. the member of staff who shares your research interests) in constructing this opening proposal. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • EU/International: Part-time: £9,450

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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