Department of Archaeology | PhD Heritage and Preservation Studies 60 months PHD Program By Durham University |Top Universities
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Program overview

Main Subject

Archaeology

Degree

PhD

Study Level

PHD

Study Mode

On Campus

PhD Heritage & Preservation Studies at Durham University

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Our top-rated, internationally-acclaimed department supports early-career researchers to pursue innovative research projects and develop their ideas, skill sets, networks and intellectual horizons, toward building professional or academic careers in Archaeology, Heritage, Museums, Conservation, and beyond.


We have a world-class reputation for teaching and research, being regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework [REF] 2014 and 2021) and one of the top-ten globally (World University QS rankings 2023).


This PhD programme is for professionals employed in the fields of Archaeology, Heritage, Museums and Conservation, who wish to develop an applied project in their employment practice into a PhD-qualification under the tutelage of experts at Durham University's Department of Archaeology. The PhD is a five-year-long, part-time distance-learning programme, enabling those in professional employment to maintain their positions, full or part-time, while working toward an advanced research qualification explicitly related to their employment base. Suitable projects might include, but are not limited to collection research and interpretation, conservation methodology and application, small-finds or site-based archaeological research, or heritage theory and presentation. They should be based on materials or issues that the researcher is engaged with through employment, and have the capacity to be developed into substantial, innovative, doctoral-level research projects. Those on this programme would be expected to travel to Durham at least four times during the five years, usually annually, for stays of at least one week, including for initial induction and welcome (early October), two formal work reviews (usually May or June), and otherwise flexibly to use facilities for analysis and attend events relating to their particular research as arising. A standard UK visa only is required for study visits. You will be able to participate in department life while outside Durham through hybrid departmental and research centre seminars, postgraduate student research activities and termly forums, as well as monthly online meetings with your supervisory team.


PhD: three years of full-time or six years of part-time research and writing, plus another year of continuation writing up time where needed, producing a dissertation of up to 100,000 words. The subject of your thesis will be a substantial piece of original research where you demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research. In consultation with the supervisor and department, the candidate may substitute the traditional dissertation with a collection of related publications tied together with introduction and conclusions.


A PhD will be necessary for those who wish to pursue a career in a University setting, in research and/or teaching. Applicants will normally have a masters-level qualification in a related area, evidence of previous research training, and a strong project proposal developed with a supervisor in department prior to application.


Many of our postgraduates move into an academic career, either teaching or by taking up post-doctoral research positions in universities. Others join museums or national and regional heritage organisations. Some work in professional archaeology, in national or local planning departments, while others elect to use their analytical and presentation skills to gain positions in industry, commerce and government.


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Program overview

Main Subject

Archaeology

Degree

PhD

Study Level

PHD

Study Mode

On Campus

PhD Heritage & Preservation Studies at Durham University

[email protected]


Our top-rated, internationally-acclaimed department supports early-career researchers to pursue innovative research projects and develop their ideas, skill sets, networks and intellectual horizons, toward building professional or academic careers in Archaeology, Heritage, Museums, Conservation, and beyond.


We have a world-class reputation for teaching and research, being regularly ranked one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK (e.g. Research Excellence Framework [REF] 2014 and 2021) and one of the top-ten globally (World University QS rankings 2023).


This PhD programme is for professionals employed in the fields of Archaeology, Heritage, Museums and Conservation, who wish to develop an applied project in their employment practice into a PhD-qualification under the tutelage of experts at Durham University's Department of Archaeology. The PhD is a five-year-long, part-time distance-learning programme, enabling those in professional employment to maintain their positions, full or part-time, while working toward an advanced research qualification explicitly related to their employment base. Suitable projects might include, but are not limited to collection research and interpretation, conservation methodology and application, small-finds or site-based archaeological research, or heritage theory and presentation. They should be based on materials or issues that the researcher is engaged with through employment, and have the capacity to be developed into substantial, innovative, doctoral-level research projects. Those on this programme would be expected to travel to Durham at least four times during the five years, usually annually, for stays of at least one week, including for initial induction and welcome (early October), two formal work reviews (usually May or June), and otherwise flexibly to use facilities for analysis and attend events relating to their particular research as arising. A standard UK visa only is required for study visits. You will be able to participate in department life while outside Durham through hybrid departmental and research centre seminars, postgraduate student research activities and termly forums, as well as monthly online meetings with your supervisory team.


PhD: three years of full-time or six years of part-time research and writing, plus another year of continuation writing up time where needed, producing a dissertation of up to 100,000 words. The subject of your thesis will be a substantial piece of original research where you demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research. In consultation with the supervisor and department, the candidate may substitute the traditional dissertation with a collection of related publications tied together with introduction and conclusions.


A PhD will be necessary for those who wish to pursue a career in a University setting, in research and/or teaching. Applicants will normally have a masters-level qualification in a related area, evidence of previous research training, and a strong project proposal developed with a supervisor in department prior to application.


Many of our postgraduates move into an academic career, either teaching or by taking up post-doctoral research positions in universities. Others join museums or national and regional heritage organisations. Some work in professional archaeology, in national or local planning departments, while others elect to use their analytical and presentation skills to gain positions in industry, commerce and government.


Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting - Durham is a university like no other!

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5 Years
Sep-2024

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We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Undergraduate courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Opportunities for multidisciplinary studies are also available through the Department of Natural Sciences, Department of Liberal Arts or the Department of Combined Honours in Social Sciences.

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Undergraduate programmes.

Durham University: Inspiring the Extraordinary

Durham University is a globally outstanding centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, in a unique and historic setting. Durham is a university like no other!

We conduct innovative and impactful research to transform lives and make a difference globally and locally: research to empower and inspire.

We offer a broad range of courses. Our degree programmes are informed by research undertaken by our high-calibre staff in partnership with policymakers, industry, the public sector and communities globally.
 
Alongside the outstanding education we offer to students, we believe that participating in every aspect of university life is fundamental. The deep affinities created by each of our 17 Colleges ensure that we always have a sense of community at the heart of all we do.

Durham's four Faculties offer a host of Masters/Postgraduate Taught courses covering a variety of subject disciplines:

  • Durham University Business School
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Health

Please visit the Durham University website (www.durham.ac.uk) for the full available suite of Masters/Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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