Research degrees


Research degrees, based on the writing of a thesis, can be undertaken in three ways:

  • MA by research (one year)
  • MPhil (two years)
  • PhD (three years)

Prospective Applicants

If you are at all interested in undertaking a research degree, then you should not hesitate contacting the member/s of staff who share your research interests. Please look at the research projects pages (linked from the side bar to the left) and individual staff profiles. Also, we hope to be able to advertise individual funded PhDs, with pre-defined subject areas, each year - please watch our front page for details.


The graduate study building, provides room for reading and quiet reflection. It is dedicated solely to providing facilities for postgraduate research, with individual/shares carrels, a suite of computers, and shared workspace for sorting material or laying out illustrations. The building has been designed to provide an attractive yet effective atmosphere for study and writing; it also creates an environment which brings together postgraduate researchers in a friendly and communal way.

A group of CAD machines, with digitising tablets and printers, is available, as is a range of state-of-the-art survey and geophysical equipment. Cameras can be borrowed, and there are the necessary facilities and equipment for illustration. Laboratories are available for use, including the new BioArch laboratories for biomolecular archaeology and excellent reference collections exist for environmental archaeology and conservation of materials.


All research students have a supportive structure of supervision, with a main supervisor and two other members of staff who follow progress, are available for advice, and sit on the student's Thesis Advisory Panel.

Research community

Research seminars are run within the Department and at the Centres for Medieval Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies, and in the Department of Biology. Numerous special interest research groups also hold meetings and conferences at King's Manor, and this allows research students to keep in touch with latest developments in their field.