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PhD Archaeology

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17190 USD
National
4770 USD
EU
4770 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
EU 75 USD
Department
Social and Historical Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course

Current research at the UCL Institute of Archaeology covers fieldwork, laboratory analysis and conservation, artefact studies, and theoretical, synthetic, and analytical work across a range of perspectives. It has more than 60 research active staff, projects on five continents and in the Pacific, and wins regular and substantial research funding from a wide range of national and international sources. Research is carried out in tropical Africa; Asia; Britain and Europe; China; Egypt; the Pacific; South America and the Caribbean.

The institute is organised in three major sections: Archaeological Science; Heritage Studies; World Archaeology; and has over 20 research networks.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Entry Requirement

A Master's degree in a relevant discipline (pass of 70% or better including 70% in the dissertation) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

You must identify and contact potential supervisors before submitting an application.

MPhil/MPhilStud/PhD/EngD
Entry requirements vary between academic departments and research centres. However, research applicants will normally be required to hold a first or upper-second class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or a recognised taught Master’s degree. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution are also accepted.

MD(Res)
Applicants should hold a registered primary qualification in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), and be eligible for full registration or hold limited registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

Other applicants wishing to pursue clinical research should apply for MPhil/PhD admission.

Professional Doctorates
A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (obtained after a programme of study extending over not less than three years), awarded with upper second-class Honours or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Professional doctorates currently taught at UCL include:

  • Child and Educational Psychology (DECPsy)
  • Clinical Communication Science (Doctorate)
  • Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)
  • Dentistry (DDent)
  • Educational and Child Psychotherapy (DEdPsy)
  • Paediatric Dentistry (DDent)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics (Doc Orth)

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Course Modules

Research areas

The department provides supervision in the following areas:

  • Archaeological theory
  • Archaeology of hunter-gatherer, early agrarian and ancient urban societies
  • Comparative archaeology in a global context
  • Human palaeobiology, subsistence, diet and health
  • Indigenous archaeology
  • Museum studies, heritage management and public archaeology
  • Palaeoecology and environmental change
  • Prehistoric, ancient and classical art
  • Quantitative methods and computer applications
  • Technology and conservation of ancient materials.

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How to Apply

You must submit your application yourself and not via an agency.

Applications must be supported by:

  • Valid email addresses for two referees
  • Academic transcript provided in English and in electronic format
  • Application fee (not applicable to research programmes)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (Not required at the application stage)
  • Personal statement (Master’s degrees)
  • Research proposal (PhD)

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  • Note that if you are applying for a research programme or a taught programme which is an exempt, that no fee is required.
  • You will strictly submit your own application and should not use any agent to do so on your behalf.

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