We offer supervision for research in a wide range of areas, from the Palaeolithic to industrial archaeology, from the interpretation of material and culture to the politics of the past. You will have the opportunity to participate in a lively research community.
Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator:
Dr Andrew Jones
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 4533
Application process and required supporting documents
- University online application including a personal statement
- Research proposal
- 2 references
- English language (if relevant)
- Sample of written work
Candidates are advised to contact prospective supervisors with the subject of their proposed research prior to application.
Duration: Up to 4 years (full time); Up to 7 years (part time)
Assessment: Thesis (75,000 words maximum), viva voce
Start date: Normally September and January each year
Closing date: 3 months before start date (also dependent on funding body deadlines); an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time for programme commencement unless a complete application is received in good time - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes; informal enquiries welcome at any time
Typical entry requirements
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second-class honours degree and normally Masters at Merit or Distinction* level, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in archaeology, anthropology, history or a cognate discipline. Students with appropriate qualifications in other disciplines may also be accepted if appropriate to their proposed research topic.
(*Merit 60%-69%, Distinction 70%+)
Equivalent Qualifications: We will also consider candidates who do not have a Masters degree if they can demonstrate; outstanding undergraduate performance including evidence of preparedness for research (e.g. first class honours and 75% or more in the dissertation in a relevant subject); or appropriate professional experience which may include a track record in project management and publication; or other appropriate qualifications.
English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Selection process: Online application and interview
Applications will be assessed under the following
- Evidence of general academic aptitude
- Substantial evidence of preparedness for research
- Quality of the research project proposal
- Fit with Southampton's research expertise
Applicant Quality: Your application will be judged against the following criteria:
it provides evidence that you meet our entry requirements
it demonstrates your personal suitability and commitment to undertake Doctoral study
it provides supportive references that indicate your suitability to undertake a PhD
it presents a well-focused and high quality research proposal which indicates potential to contribute original research to the discipline
it demonstrates critical awareness of the scholarly field to which the research will contribute, and appropriate methods to carry out this work
it may strengthen your application if you can demonstrate genuine interest in working with a named academic in the department
Personal Statement: Use your Personal Statement to provide additional information relevant to your application. This should include the following:
outline your reasons for wishing to conduct postgraduate research in your chosen area
explain how your proposed research matches the research environment and supervisory expertise offered by Archaeology at Southampton
reflect on how your education, skills, and experience will equip you for PhD study and to undertake your planned research
indicate details of any other achievements/interests
indicate any special circumstances pertaining to the academic record
tell us what you hope to get from the programme
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Typical course content
The PhD by research programme has no modules per semester. Instead it is an entirely research-oriented programme in which students conduct original research under the guidance of their supervisors.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.