At Oxford, postgraduate students in Archaeology are part of a world-class University that provides unsurpassed opportunities for innovative study and research. The School of Archaeology is one of the few departments in the world where so many diverse aspects of archaeological research are brought together to address critical questions about our past. The four University Museums, including the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers, the world-class libraries, and the University’s other archaeological resources are all available to students to stimulate their interests and increase their knowledge. Archaeological research at Oxford has a long and distinguished history, with current expertise and interests in the development of human societies from the Palaeolithic to the Early Modern periods, and spanning much of the globe.
With over 150 students, drawn from across the world, there is a thriving graduate community. Students are encouraged to establish themselves within one or more cutting-edge Research Groups, which offer numerous and wide-ranging weekly seminar series. We strongly encourage fieldwork, often in relation to one of our projects. The School of Archaeology provides specialist skills seminars, and within the University more generally there exist excellent opportunities for foreign language learning, developing computer skills, etc. Postgraduate students also have the opportunity to attend lectures within the University, not only those in Archaeology.
Oxford postgraduate students also benefit from the University’s collegiate system. Each student is a member of a college, with access to facilities and support. Belonging to both the School and a college is part of what makes the postgraduate experience at Oxford special.
Postgraduate students also run their own organisation (Graduate Archaeology at Oxford) which provides further skills seminars, a mentoring programme, social events and a very successful conference series. This provides many opportunities for students to develop their skills, present their research and develop ideas for the next stage of their careers. Our graduates have established careers in archaeological departments throughout the world as well as in museums, heritage management organisations and commercial archaeology.
Our postgraduate programs are based around the three main centres of archaeological research in Oxford:
The three centres work together to provide support and facilities for postgraduate students. One of the great strengths of Oxford archaeology is the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research, making use of the expertise in more than one centre.