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Archaeology - Research

UCD School of Archaeology welcomes applications from potential PhD students. A UCD PhD is a four year research degree, undertaken within a clearly structured programme including training, taught modules, a Research and Professional Development Plan and opportunities to develop teaching skills. All students are assigned a primary supervisor and a variety of academic supports. Students are supported in their programme of independent research which will normally culminate in the production of research worthy of peer-reviewed publications. All UCD School of Archaeology staff are experienced in supervision of PhD students and have wide ranging expertise, with current field projects in many parts of Europe and Asia and School research interests spanning from aDNA through to experimental archaeology. Many of our PhD students have been successful in obtaining Postdoctoral funding following their research.

How to apply
Any candidate considering a PhD is required to complete a detailed project proposal. These should be developed in collaboration with your potential supervisor. An essential first step is making contact with a potential supervisor to discuss possible research topics. Contact the Graduate Officer ( if you have any queries about which staff member may be most relevant to your proposed research.


Z107/Z343 MLitt 2 Years Full Time / 4 Years Part-Time
Z117/Z118 PhD 3 Years Full Time / 6 Years Part Time

Further enquiries

For further information, please contact the Graduate Officer ( We look forward to hearing about your proposed research.

Research areas

IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Applicants

If you are interested in applying for a Government of Ireland IRC (Irish Research Council) Postgraduate Scholarship, in the first instance please contact your proposed PhD supervisor and the School graduate officer (Dr Stephen Davis - to discuss your proposal.

Applications to the IRC should be made online here:

Please read the terms and conditions carefully.

In addition to your IRC application, an application to UCD is required. You must apply to UCD online here:

Please note that although the IRC deadline for completed applications is 2nd November 2016, all UCD applications are assessed by members of School staff, and require School sign-off in order to be considered. As such we require you to have submitted your UCD application by Friday 21st October to allow us time to review your application, and applications received after this time will not be considered.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: To be agreed with School

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