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Postgraduate Study

We offer an exciting range of taught postgraduate courses that provide in-depth training in your chosen field, all as part of our research-intensive programmes. Our postgraduate community is one of the largest in Europe.

Our thriving group of taught and research postgraduate students actively contribute to the dynamic research environment we cultivate here at Durham. As a member of our community you will be encouraged to present your research both internally and externally at seminars, conferences, and to your peers, so that you can obtain important feedback on your work from a number of sources and are able to build relationships within the wider academic world.
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A vibrant academic community

As a postgraduate, you will be a member of a vibrant academic communtiy. For example, by participating in our Research Dialogues initiative you will have the chance to organise your own funded seminar or workshop, which could result in a short edited publication. We support our students in their pursuit of publishing opportunities, with a significant number of Master's and doctoral dissertations recognised by international journals. Our current taught and research postgraduate students make up an integral part of departmental research projects and often accompany staff on excavations worldwide. 

Our internationally recognised research expertise can provide you with some of the best resources available for archaeological research. Our research and fieldwork stretches from Britain to South Asia and the Artic to the Nile Delta and we are keen to nurture new postgraduate talent in all areas of our research. Cross-Faculty collaboration flourish between us and History, Classics, Engineering, Mathematics, and Earth Sciences. Such connections extend the range of potential research postgraduates that we can support. The size of our department means that as well as breadth and depth of expertise, you can also benefit from a diversity of opinion. 


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Research Degrees

We offer a range of research postgraduate degrees, including MA by Research, MPhil, and PhD.

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University student
Having access within the department to a range of appropriate imaging and analytical systems ensures that I can undertake meaningful analysis of my archaeological artefacts from the River Wear, Durham. However, what really makes the difference is the immediate access I have to expert staff and it is because of their detailed understanding of ancient materials, technology and artefacts that I can accurately interpret the results.

Gary Bankhead
MA by Research Student