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In accordance with equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of a candidate’s ability to meet the following criteria:

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic excellence.
Successful applicants will have a proven track record in archeological study, normally to masters level, and normally with first-class or distiction (or equivelent) as the known or predicted level of pass. Where a current course of study is as yet incomplete, we may make a conditional offer based on its final outcome. It is advisable to first contact the programme Director, Dr David Griffiths, (Tel 01865 280764; email

2. Professional qualifications and/or experience

Other experience will be carefully considered and may be taken into account.

3. Appropriate indicators of academic ability and/or professional experience

These will include:
• Sound existing academic record
• Field or museum experience in archaeology
• Evidence of significant interest in archaeology and in your proposed area of research.

Academic/professional references/letters of recommendation
3 academic references (minimum 2 plus character reference), transcript
Written work and/or portfolio produced by the student
2 pieces of written work (approx 2,000 words)
Current CV
Personal statement
Statement of purpose

Performance at interview(s)
All applicants whose paper submissions indicate they are qualified for entry will be normally be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/skype. There are always two interviewers.

4. Availability of supervision, teaching, facilities and places

The following factors will govern whether candidates can be offered places:
• The ability of the Department for Continuing Education to provide the appropriate supervision and teaching, together with research opportunities and facilities (bearing in mind the part-time, non-residential nature of the course) for your chosen area of work.
• The acceptability of any arrangements for research opportunities, access to facilities, and support for your chosen area of work to be provided by a third party (for example, your employer).
• There are minimum and maximum limits to the numbers of students who may be admitted onto Oxford’s research and taught programmes. The provision of supervision is subject to the following points.
• The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Department for Continuing Education and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff.
• Under some circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Department for Continuing Education: in such cases a second internal supervisor will be appointed.

5. English language requirement

A high standard of English, both written and spoken, is required for participation on this course. Students whose first language is not English should be aware that proof of their English language ability is required and must consist of one of the Higher Level English Language qualifications listed in the ‘Notes of Guidance’ here:

6. Deadlines and required full set of application materials

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for information on the deadlines which must be met, and the full set of supporting materials required, in order for applications to be guaranteed to be considered.

7. Funding

Whether you have yet secured funding is not taken into consideration in the decision to make an initial offer a place, but please note that the initial offer of a place will not be confirmed until we are satisfied that you have sufficient funding to cover your fees for the standard period of fee liability for your course. For some courses this is undertaken by the college, for others by the Department for Continuing Education. Where there is a compulsory residential period of study, we shall also need to be satisfied that you have sufficient funding to cover travel and accommodation costs.

8. Disability, health conditions and specific learning difficulties

Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background. Decisions on admission are based solely on the individual academic merits of each candidate and the application of the selection criteria appropriate to the programme of study. Further information on how these matters are supported during the admissions process is available here:

9. Other information

• This course is not suitable for non-EU students who do not already live in the UK. For more information refer to or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website at
• If you have any queries relating to your application please contact the Course Director, Dr David Griffiths at

10. Assessors

All applications will be assessed by more than one member of the academic staff with relevant experience and expertise.

11. Course webpage at Graduate Admissions