Your PhD

A PhD is likely to be the most challenging type of academic work you have ever done; but it will also be the most rewarding. If you have a passion for archaeological research, fieldwork in Britain and abroad, teaching, attending talks and conferences, working within a supportive and sociable academic community, or working with local communities, our research programmes offer all this and more.

We offer fieldwork in Britain and abroad, and funding for entire degrees and for academic trips and materials during your studies, as well as a supportive research community and crucial networking opportunities for careers in academia and beyond.

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Structure of degree programmes

A doctorate (PhD) is an independent piece of research that presents an original contribution to existing knowledge. In Archaeology a PhD can be taken over six years on a part-time basis (15-20 hours per week) or over three years on a full-time (35-40 hours per week). The final piece of work will be 75,000-80,000 words in length.

We also offer Masters by research (MPhil). This also comprises of an independent piece of research. An MPhil can be taken over four years on a part-time basis (15-20 hours per week) or over two years on a full-time basis (35-40 hours per week). The final piece of work would normally be in the region of 40,000 words in length.

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Take part in world-leading research

With specific research strengths ranging from Archaeobotany to Zooarchaeology, from the Prehistoric to the Post-Medieval, from East Africa to the Mediterranean, our department can support your academic and professional goals. Study Archaeology at Sheffield and you’ll have access to direction and support from internationally renowned staff. In addition, our research centres, extensive archaeological and anthropological collections, and cutting-edge facilities allow you to undertake your research with confidence and expertise.

Your research proposal

As part of your application to study for a PhD you will need to put together a research proposal outlining what you wish to research and your proposed methodology. Read more about how to write a research proposal.

Funding your PhD

There are many different opportunities available to assist you in funding your PhD studies. From funded PhD opportunities to scholarships and bursaries. Whether you are an applicant from the UK, from the European Union or further afield, find out about the ways in which you can apply to fund your research.

Training and development

Our research students benefit from many ways in which to develop themselves as archaeologists, researchers and individuals. From presenting and networking at conferences to taking part in community outreach projects, from organising events to editing journals and teaching undergraduate students, the opportunities abound.