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The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Archaeology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

Overview

Overview

Researcher Development Programme

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development Programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry qualifications

For MPhil

  • First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or an approved equivalent award

or

  • Research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement.

For PhD

  • Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study

or

  • First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline

or

  • Research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement.

International applicants

International applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English.

For MPhil/PhD this is an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum score of 7.0 in Written English.

Course content

What will you study?

Wide variety of research interests

The School of Science and the Environment has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme.

Our staff have expertise in the prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Europe, landscape archaeology and material culture studies.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.

Resources

Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Archaeology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including a fully-equipped GIS, Mapping and Visualization Suite, which provides access to high-end computers, industry-standard software and other mapping-related equipment, supported by a dedicated technician. The suite also has its own A3 colour laser printer and A3 scanner for staff and student use. The Institute has a drone and helikite which can be used for the creation of aerial imagery and digital camcorders, cameras and microphones which students can use for data capture and creating podcasts. A further six science and geography technicians offer support with field and laboratory based work. Students have access to a research laboratory where they can work on projects and more generally, relevant laboratory equipment includes microscopes, DNA analysis equipment, laboratory ovens and soil testing equipment. The Institute also has geophysical (gradiometry and resistivity) and topographical (mapping and survey grade GPS, total stations, a laser scanner) survey equipment and a full field excavation kit.  Specialist software packages such as ArcGIS, Digimap, Geoplot, Adobe illustrator and photogrammetry are also available.

We have a number of Archaeology research students currently undertaking research on topics including: the provenance of Mesolithic material from the Lower Wye Valley and southern Welsh Marches; the Romano-British period in Cumbria; cave use during the Mesolithic in western Britain; and the multi-period earthwork enclosures of the Mendip Hills, Somerset. Recently completed students have covered topics including the role of material culture in the early modern period in Worcester; the use of springs in Mesolithic Britain and Bronze Age round barrows on the Anglo-Welsh border.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document for the MPhil or PhD.

Supervisors

Dr Jodie Lewis FSA
Expertise: Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain; material culture; monumentality, landscape archaeology; cave archaeology; memorialisation and commemoration; field techniques.

Dr Helen Loney 
Expertise: Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Britain, later prehistoric Western Mediterranean, ancient technology; prehistoric landscapes; industrial archaeology.

Careers

Where could it take you?

All research students must engage with the Researcher Development Programme (RDP), a core curriculum of training and development which provides them with the general and subject-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours to support them in the completion of their research degree. At the beginning of an MPhil/PhD degree, you will be allocated to one of two pathways depending on your experience and knowledge as a researcher. This will determine which elements of the programme are core and which are optional.At the beginning of the programme you will be required to complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) in conjunction with your Director of Studies. This identifies the training that you will need to undertake, in addition to the mandatory elements of RDP, in order to complete the programme and to become an effective researcher. This TNA is revisited at the beginning of each subsequent academic year. All students are offered a wide range of optional training workshops throughout the programme focused around the following themes:

  • Developing and Managing Your Research
  • Dissemination, Impact, Engagement
  • Completing Your Research Degree
  • Research Methodology Master classes
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Funding
  • Wellbeing and Personal Effectiveness
  • Careers and Employability
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Additional information

As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a research outline. We recommend preparing your research outline before beginning your online application. Some guidance on preparing your research outline is available here.

If your research involves working with vulnerable adults and/or children then you may be required to obtain a DBS check. There will be a small charge for this. For more information please contact research@worc.ac.uk.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustment. If you require an alternative format for making your application due to a disability, please contact us to discuss your needs on 01905 542182 or research@worc.ac.uk.

Make an application

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or research@worc.ac.uk

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr David Storey (d.storey@worc.ac.uk) to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.

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