Postgraduate research degrees at the University of Aberdeen offer you an opportunity to pursue your deepest interests in a dedicated academic environment, providing you with a qualification that marks you out as a world-leading expert in your field.  There is no better gateway to an exciting career in academic research, nor a better qualification for demonstrating to any potential employer your ability to handle a complex project and bring it to a successful conclusion.

If you are thinking about undertaking your postgraduate archaeological research degree in Aberdeen, we encourage you to:

PhD in Archaeology

3 years full-time or 5 years part-time

The PhD is a 3-year programme of research (with provision for an extra year for write-up) by the end of which candidates should be able to demonstrate that they are capable of pursuing original research in Archaeology in a critical and scholarly way.

The programme leads to the submission of a dissertation of up to 100,000 words, which should make a distinct contribution to knowledge and afford evidence of originality as shown by the exercise of independent critical powers.  

Click here to see our key departmental research foci and please contact the faculty. There are many options for PhD supervision, ranging from a supervisors within Archaeology, with options for extra supervisors drawn from across the geosciences, including Geography and Geology, or more generally across the university's community of departments and institutes including Anthropology, Scandinavian Studies or Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies. 

For further details please contact:

Dr Charlotta Hillerdal, the postgraduate research coordinator for Archaeology
Julie Forbes, the research secretary for the School of Geosciences.