• Top 100 worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2017
  • Top 10 in The Complete University Guide and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 3rd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • Well-established national and international links with professional archaeologists and heritage organisations
  • Excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art bioarchaeology lab and experimental archaeology centre
  • £2.8 million external research funding awarded over the past 4 years

Lying in the heart of South West England, in an area with a long history of archaeological research, the Archaeology department at Exeter is in a prime location to undertake an MPhil/PhD in Archaeology.

Exeter also offers the opportunity to undertake a shorter postgraduate research project, via the MA by Research in Archaeology, which is also available via distance learning.

The vibrant department makes a substantial contribution to research across the discipline, and in the last research Assessment Exercise (2008) the department was ranked second in the UK for World Leading and Internationally Excellent Research in Archaeology (based on the amount of 3* and 4* research).

Staff and research students work far beyond the South West. In addition to those in the UK, there are current fieldwork projects focused on continental Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Brazil, Peru, Kazakhstan, the plains of South Dakota and the Southwestern United States. Our research can be grouped into the following themes:

  • Archaeology of the Americas
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Material culture
  • Wetlands, coastal and maritime landscapes

The department also benefits from well-established links with many professional organisations, including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, English Heritage, national and international traditional and open air museums, UK-based field units, county and national park archaeologists, and several archaeological consultants who run centres presenting archaeology to the public.

Professor Alan Outram, Head of Archaeology

Archaeology at Exeter is currently involved in many exciting projects in Britain and around the world. In addition to academic classes for Masters students, there will be many opportunities for both Masters and Research students to become personally involved with the research being conducted in the Department. We currently have active fieldwork and research projects in Britain, Europe, South America, North America, Central Asia and South Asia. Students have taken part in all these projects. In addition to lectures, we also have regular visiting speakers who talk about new discoveries. We encourage all our students to get involved and take an active role in our academic community.

We have also just begun an interdisciplinary, split-site PhD programme with NIAS in Bangalore. 

We also now have a joint PhD programme with the Cranfield Institute, who have forensic and analytical facilities with the Ministry of Defence.

Archaeology, as a discipline, will be able to offer you a wide range of personal, academic and practical skills. This suite of abilities should stand you in good stead for whatever future programme or career you decide to take.

Professor Alan Outram, Head of Archaeology