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Archaeology, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 21 months
University rank #1 (WUR) ,
The MPhil in Archaeology provides an opportunity for students to build on their knowledge from undergraduate studies, while also offering an excellent foundation for those wishing to continue towards research at doctoral level.


The MPhil in Archaeology adds a student-led research project onto the MSt year. It is ideal if you are thinking of carrying on to doctoral research and wish to acquire higher levels of research skills and/or complete a medium-sized individual research project before embarking on doctoral study. Flexibility is built into the degree to allow you to create your own unique courses that reflect your chosen area of study.

You will have a supervisor in your main area of interest, who will usually supervise your dissertation and may provide some other teaching, and will advise on option choices and monitor overall progress. Each member of the academic staff in archaeology offers at least one different subject in his or her areas of specialism over the year, but not all courses listed will be available every year.

Teaching is mainly through small-group tutorials or classes of one to five students, for which you will prepare short essays on a weekly basis. Tutorials are supplemented by a wide range of lecture courses and graduate seminars.

The options are examined by pre-set essays, while the core paper is assessed by a written three-hour examination at the end of the final term of the first year. In their second year students take one additional option, examined by pre-set essays, along with their thesis. The thesis subject is decided by the end of the first year, with any fieldwork taking place in the long vacation. Research and writing occupy most of the second year. There may be a viva voce examination for the whole course.

Programme Structure

In your first year, you take one of a range of core papers plus an option paper, with a third subject to be taken from either set of options in a combination specific to your interests during the academic year. Most students choose to follow one of a number of streams, although this is not a formal requirement, including the archaeology of Asia, and environmental, European, maritime or Palaeolithic archaeology.

If you are are seeking a broader course then you may, if you wish, select one subject from among those offered in a number of cognate disciplines. In the second year, you take a fourth taught subject from within archaeology and work on your thesis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 21 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5
Recommended score: 3.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant subject.
  • If you hold non-UK qualifications and wish to check how your qualifications match these requirements, you can contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22600 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12570 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12570 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
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Living costs for Oxford

  • 939 - 1530 GBP/month
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