Professional Doctorate in DPhil in Archaeology

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    Oxford is a research-intensive university, and the subject of Archaeology is currently ranked as No.1 in the world by the QS World Rankings.

    Archaeology has for more than forty years formed one of the leading subjects within this Department. It has proved a rewarding and accessible area of study that has enabled students to become directly involved in research. At undergraduate level the Department offers a part-time Certificate, a Diploma and Advanced Diploma, and at postgraduate level a taught MSc course in Applied Landscape Archaeology, and a part-time D.Phil by Research.

    The part-time D.Phil by Research (full title: Doctor of Philosophy, equivalent to PhD) is assessed by a 80,000 word thesis, and was first offered in Archaeology in 2003. Students normally study for six years (twice the full-time length). It is assessed in exactly the same way as a full-time D.Phil, involving stages of transfer from probationary status to full D.Phil status, and confirmation of eligibility to submit your thesis, culminating in a viva-voce (oral) examination after submission, with one external and one internal examiner.

    The award is an Oxford D.Phil which is the same qualification as the full-time version; the part-time programme is overseen by the University’s Continuing Education Board, and admission is online through the University Graduate Admissions Office. All candidates for graduate programmes must also apply for a college place (which is done in the same application) - see 'College affiliation' below. 

    Supervision is arranged to suit the D.Phil topic, although depending on your topic area, we cannot always guarantee to have appropriate supervision available. It normally involves one or more of the Department's own archaeologists. The Department also has strong links with the School of Archaeology which is responsible for full-time provision within the University; depending on topic, at our request members of the School's academic or research staff may be willing to offer supervision or co-supervision. In the first instance, please consult the D.Phil Programme Director on your proposed topic or chosen study area (see below).

    Approved topics of research for the part-time DPhil normally relate to the Department's recognised strengths in landscape, British and professional archaeology. Occasionally other topic areas are approved, subject to an excellent application and supervision being available elsewhere within the university. All admissions and approvals of research topics are subject to the availability of appropriate supervision.

    Visit the DPhil in Archaeology page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

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    For entry requirements, selection criteria and how to apply please visit the course page on the Graduate Admissions website. View Website

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