Durham University

Durham University


Students are required to demonstrate the ability to conduct original investigations, to test or explore ideas/hypotheses (whether their own or those of others), and to understand the relationship of the theme of their investigations to a wider field of knowledge. The thesis should include an original and significant contribution to knowledge, for example through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or a new analysis of older views. It should also include substantial matter worthy of publication, though it need not be submitted in a form suitable for publication.

Entry requirements

Normally a Master's degree in archaeology or related subject and an Honours degree, usually 2.1 or higher, preferably in archaeology, anthropology or related fields; a GPA of 3.0 or above for north American candidates at 1st degree level; English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent.

Assessment methods

The course culminates in a thesis of no more than 100,000 words in length. The thesis is read and assessed by an internal and external examiner. An oral examination is a compulsory element of the assessment for this degree and is conducted by the internal and external examiners.

Sponsorship information

The department participates in the Arts and Humanities Research Council Block Grant Partnership and has an annual award of research postgraduate studentships through this programme (three for 2011�12); the department has also had periodic studentships through the Natural Environment Research Council; department research students have also been funded by the University�s own Durham Doctoral Scholarships or Faculty Interdisciplinary Scholarships; contributions towards the cost of fees can be provided through the Durham Academic Scholarships scheme; the department also has access to named studentships such as the Isabel Fleck Fellowship and the Haycock Studentship; these are generally restricted to supporting research in particular periods or regions of the world; funds for travel in connection with student research projects can be provided through the Rosemary Cramp Fund and Birley Bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 14,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

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