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Postgraduate research

Our PhD and MPhil students join a vibrant academic and research community, with supervision by leading experts in their field.

Welcome to a world of committed hands-on scholarship and to a supportive, and challenging apprenticeship in evidence-based enquiry.

We believe in training the next generation of scholars to contribute to their discipline, and wider life, at the highest level.

Our approach is unashamedly artisanal and professionally focused. Prepare yourself for a working life committed to rigorous thought and clarity of expression.

You will develop your skills within a well-equipped research and teaching environment, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary in both outlook and practice. We will support you to explore and share your passion for past societies and religious beliefs, from prehistory to the present day.


We are committed to hands-on research with a clear focus on core research skills, be they archival, laboratory-based, linguistic or field-related.

There are different options of study:

  • 1-2 years MPhil
  • 3 years full-time PhD
  • 5 years part-time PhD.

Research themes

Staff and students undertake research across a number of interdisciplinary themes including:

The School is delighted to be part of the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.