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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Archaeology is no longer accepting new applications.


There is no formal teaching for the course as assessment is by research only.  PhD students are however encouraged to attend any lectures, seminars or talks which may be relevant to their area of research.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Journal clubs

Students are encouraged to involve themselves with the department's graduate-run journal, the Archaeological review from Cambridge.


Students can expect to receive feedback throughout the course from their supervisory team in addition to a termly report outlining their progress from an online system. The department also holds regular informal sessions for PhD students to allow them to discuss progress and any concerns with academic staff.

PhD student representatives sit on a number of departmental committees and are encouraged to involve themselves in the life of the department.



PhD students are required to submit a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. This work will represent a significant and novel contribution to the fields of Archaeology, Assyriology, Egyptology or Heritage Studies. After submission an oral examination (viva) is required.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Division of Archaeology


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
April 26, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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