DPhil in Archaeology



Archaeology has for more than thirty years formed one of the largest programmes within the Department. The subject 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 Certificate, a Diploma and Advanced Diploma, and at postgraduate level a taught MSc course in Applied Landscape Archaeology, and a part-time DPhil by Research.

Part-time DPhill Archaeology Oxford University The part-time DPhil is assessed by a 80,000 word thesis, and was first offered in Archaeology in 2003. Since then 10 students have successfully completed and 10 are currently studying for the award. The DPhil 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). Many, but not all, choose Kellogg College, which caters particularly for part-time graduate students and which is historically closely associated with the Department. Your choice of college does not affect the viability of your application to the programme, but you are not guaranteed a place at your first choice (not all colleges in Oxford admit part-time students).

The Department has strong links with the School of Archaeology which is responsible for full-time provision within the University. Supervision is arranged to suit the DPhil topic and may involve staff from within the School as well as the Department's own archaeologists, Dr David Griffiths (Director of Studies for Archaeology), Dr Alison MacDonald (Departmental Lecturer in Archaeology) and Dr Olaf Bayer (Research Associate).

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

For the D.Phil it is recommended that ideas for topics are discussed in advance with the Course Director, Dr David Griffiths, (Tel 01865 280764); email david.griffiths@conted.ox.ac.uk

College affiliation

All students studying for a degree (including the DPhil) must be a member of a college. A number of Oxford colleges accept applications from part-time postgraduates whereas others do not: please consult the graduate prospectus or enquire with individual colleges. The majority of part-time DPhil students in Archaeology have chosen to apply to Kellogg College and most of the tutors and lecturers are members of the College. Kellogg is dedicated to graduate part-time students and has developed a unique expertise in attending to the intellectual, social, IT and welfare needs of part-time, mature graduate students. If a college choice is not specified on your application, it will be automatically sent to Kellogg if places are still available there.

Libraries and computing facilities

Registered students receive an Oxford University card, valid for one year at a time, which acts as a library card for the Departmental Library at Rewley House and provides access to the unrivalled facilities of the Bodleian Libraries which include the central Bodleian, major research libraries such as the Sackler Library, Taylorian Institution Library, Bodleian Social Science Library, and faculty libraries such as English and History. Students also have access to a wide range of electronic resources including electronic journals, many of which can be accessed from home. Students on the course are entitled to use the Library at Rewley House for reference and private study and to borrow books. The loan period is normally two weeks and up to eight books may be borrowed. Students will also be encouraged to use their nearest University library. More information about the Continuing Education Library can be found at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/conted

The University card also provides access to facilities at Oxford University Computing Service (OUCS), 13 Banbury Road, Oxford. Computing facilities are available to students in the Students'Computing Facility in Rewley House and at Ewert House.

Provision for students with disabilities

The Department’s aim is to treat all students equally and we welcome applications from students with disabilities. Individual student needs are taken into account as far as possible, providing necessary adaptations and assistance within the resources available. For example, if practical work such as excavation or surveying would present difficulties, other types of work can be arranged. If you disclose your disability on your application form (which will be confidential) we will aim to make reasonable adjustment to ensure all academically capable students are able to participate.

If you have a learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, there are ways in which the Department can support you in your study. Please discuss with us how we may be able to help you before you start your course. We can refer you to an educational psychologist for assessment, if needed, and aim to have any assistance identified available for you from the beginning of your studies. Financial assistance may be available for the cost of the assessment.

For matters relating to disability or learning difficulty, please contact the Access Officer on 01865 280355 or via email at registry@conted.ox.ac.uk

You can also obtain information from:

Disability Advisory Service
3 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX
Telephone: 01865 280459

Who can apply?

Successful applicants will have a proven track record in archaeological study, normally to masters level, and normally with first-class or distinction (or equivalent) as the known or predicted level of pass. It is advisable first to consult the Course Director, Dr David Griffiths, (Tel 01865 280764; email david.griffiths@conted.ox.ac.uk)

How to Apply

For entry requirements, selection criteria and how to apply please visit Graduate Admissions Website: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-archaeology-part-time/

If you have any questions about the progress of your application, please contact the OUDCE Award Programme Administrator (tel: 01865 270369 / 280154; email: ppaward@admin.ox.ac.uk) or the Graduate Admissions Office (tel: 01865 270059; email:graduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk).

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course

Sources of funding

Information on financial support