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Course summary

The MPhil in Archaeology allows students to gain a critical appreciation of archaeology, the human past, and its place in the modern world, as well as training in research and analytical skills and expertise in a chosen, specialist area. Our emphasis at the MPhil level is on research-led teaching so that staff and students interact in lectures, seminars, language classes and laboratory-based practicals with the aims of mastering the basics of theory and method, while also engaging students as participants in ongoing research projects. Students may choose to specialise in any of the following options if available - a check should be made with the Department before application to find out which options are available that year:

  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • European Prehistory
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Mesopotamian Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Archaeology
  • South Asian Archaeology
  • African Archaeology


Students receive written feedback on all assessed coursework via the Postgraduate administrator. Final marks are made available to students following the final examiners meeting in September/October. Students are invited to group meetings throughout the year to discuss progress and concerns in order to address issues as and when they arise. All students will undergo regular supervision sessions with their dissertation supervisor.

Assessment method

Thesis / Dissertation The dissertation is an extended piece of independent, original research. Students work with their supervisor to formulate a dissertation project, carry out research and write it up. The topic of the dissertation has to be approved by the Faculty Degree Committee. The dissertation has a maximum limit of 15,000 words (exclusive of tables, figures, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices) and is due at the end of July; it counts for 50% of the student’s final mark. Essays Students taking the MPhil in Archaeology are usually required to produce between three and six assessed essays depending on their chosen course of study and the modules they select. The essays are usually between 3000 and 4000 words in length. Written examination Students taking the MPhil in Archaeology may be required to sit written examinations for some modules. Details will be given on the appropriate Moodle site at the beginning of the year. Practical assessment The MPhil in Archaeology does not include any practical assessment. Students may be assessed on written work produced as part of practical or laboratory sessions for some modules. Other Attendance at the relevant Research Skills workshops is required of all MPhil students in the Department of Archaeology. Its mode of assessment may include a research proposal and an oral presentation (supported by visual aids) to teaching staff and peers. Key Information 10 months full-time Master of Philosophy Department of Archaeology Course - related enquiries Application - related enquiries Course on Department Website Dates and deadlines: Michaelmas 2023 (Closed) Funding Deadlines Similar Courses Archaeology PhD Archaeological Research MPhil Archaeological Science MPhil Heritage Studies MPhil Egyptology MPhil Postgraduate Admissions Office About Us Contact Us Admissions Statistics Start an Application Applicant Self-Service At a glance Bringing a family Disabled students Part-time study Current Postgraduates Cambridge Students' Union (SU) University Policy and Guidelines Privacy Policy Information compliance Equality and Diversity Terms of Study About this site

Entry requirements

Expected Academic Standard Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. Students are expected to enter the MPhil in Archaeology from a range of backgrounds: From undergraduate degrees in archaeology at the University of Cambridge or similar UK institutions From archaeology backgrounds at overseas universities From a wide range of cognate fields such as classics, history, geology, or anthropology, with varying amounts of archaeological background From practical, often professional backgrounds in field archaeology, museums, or other related activities

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