University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Archaeology and Anthropology

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology has an international 'four-field' approach, combining archaeology with evolutionary, social and linguistic anthropology. Our diverse researchers collaborate in a thriving interdisciplinary environment, with key strengths in understanding cultural, biological and social change: the spread of peoples, their ideas and material artefacts. Archaeology and anthropology have been studied at the University of Bristol since its foundation as a university college in 1876, and a Department of Archaeology and Anthropology was formed in 2004 to unite the two fields. Research in the department ranges from the outdoors - landscape and maritime archaeology, and anthropological fieldwork - to the indoors, with laboratory-based science using radiocarbon dating, isotopic methods and micro-imaging technology. A key strength is the interdisciplinary study of human diversity, both biological and cultural. Our research spans a variety of time periods and global regions, from ancient Egypt and the classical world to the industrial heritage of Bristol, and from prehistoric migrations and connections across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to the transformations of economic and religious life in contemporary societies. Field research in archaeology and anthropology takes place in the UK (including locally at Berkeley Castle, the department's field school location) as well as Ethiopia, Turkey, Jordan, Madagascar, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, France, Mongolia, Belgium, Slovenia, Hungary, Peru and the US. We are well equipped to undertake surveys, fieldwork and excavations. Dozens of PhD students work on a wide range of subjects, many of them bridging the disciplinary boundaries between archaeology and anthropology. The department's creative, interdisciplinary research culture includes a series of research seminars and we have a range of scientific and teaching laboratories. We draw on expertise and facilities from across the University, including the Bristol Isotope Group (in the Department of Earth Sciences), the Organic Geochemistry Unit (in the School of Chemistry), the School of Social and Community Medicine, the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences (School of Engineering), the School of Biological Sciences, and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) in the Faculty of Arts. Our success in interdisciplinary collaborative research is evidenced by success in research funding from nine research councils and international funding bodies.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,300 per (Year 1) 1 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,235 per (Year 1) 1 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,235 per (Year 1) 1 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time January 2019 GBP 2,118 per (Year 1) 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,235 per (Year 1) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 16,300 per (Year 1) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,235 per (Year 1) 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 GBP 2,118 per (Year 1) 6 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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