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Based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, you join a vibrant academic and research community, proud of our reputation for training the next generation of researchers.

Supervised by experts, our postgraduates encounter exciting opportunities to debate and exchange ideas, whether through our internationally-connected Research Centres or numerous seminar series.

Our projects across disciplines continue to advance research, supported by partners ranging from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to the Wellcome Trust.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in research, academia, heritage, museums, contract work and consultancy.

Distinctive features

  • Wide geographical coverage in research groups, from north-west Scotland to the Levant and Egypt.
  • Broad chronological coverage, from early Holocene to the medieval period.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration PhD 5 years, MPhil 2 years
Start dates January, April, July, October

We offer a full range of expertise in the archaeology of Britain, Europe and the Mediterranean from 5000 BC-1000 AD, with particular strengths in the following research areas:

  • British Prehistory
  • European Neolithic
  • The Celtic World
  • The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
  • Medieval Culture and Society
  • Greek and Roman Worlds
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Numismatics
  • Ancient Technologies and Materials Analysis
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Archaeological Heritage Management.

Information on the school's programmes in conservation can be found on the Archaeology Research Degrees web page.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


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

See our latest PhD studentships and projects and find out more about other funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Students from the UK

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Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

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Students from the rest of the world (international)

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Suitable for graduates in archaeology, history, ancient history, conservation science and chemistry, and other related and relevant disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and biological and physical sciences.

Applicants should normally possess a master's degree in a subject related to their research interests.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or equivalent. Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

School of History, Archaeology and Religion Postgraduate Research Administrative Officer

Administrative contact

Academic contact(s)

Dr Oliver Davis

Dr Oliver Davis

Senior Lecturer, CAER Heritage Project Co-director (Study Leave 2022/3 (Semester 1))

+44 (0)29 2251 0215


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