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Archaeology MPhil/PhD

Key features of this course:

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.

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.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute 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.

Excellent supervision

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


Access to the University of Worcesterís 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.

How to apply

How to apply

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

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr David Storey ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Jodie Lewis
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.

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