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The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD the most advanced research degree leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

These degrees have no taught components, but relevant taught modules may be attended by arrangement or undertaken by distance learning to develop appropriate research skills (including the study of ancient languages or technical/professional skills).

We encourage you to attend conferences on subjects related to your research interests and to participate in our lively interdisciplinary seminar series (some of which are run by our postgraduates).
We enable advanced research students to broaden their skills through appropriate training in teaching skills and, where possible, through offering the chance to gain experience in teaching. In addition, our annual postgraduate colloquia provide training in oral presentation skills and the professional dissemination of research within an interdisciplinary environment.

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Research interests of staff * Heritage and its management; socio-politics of the past; phenomenology of landscapes; battlefield archaeology; archaelogical approaches to warfare and violence.Contact: Dr John Carman
Email: j.carman@bham.ac.uk
* GIS and remote sensing techniques in landscape archaeology and cultural resource management; medieval archaeology.Contact: Mr Keith Challis
Email: k.challis@bham.ac.uk
* Prehistoric landscape archaeology and geomatics, including cultural resource management, using GIS for the predictive modelling of site archaeological locations.Contact: Dr Henry Chapman
Email: h.chapman@bham.ac.uk
* Roman provincial archaeology; late antiquity; urban archaeology; current fieldwork in Éauze, France.Contact: Dr Simon Esmonde Cleary
Email: a.s.esmonde_cleary@bham.ac.uk
* Built Environment conservation; buildings archaeology; heritage managementContact: Harriet Devlin
Email: h.devlin@bham.ac.uk
* Archaeology of the Western Isles; archaeology of medieval towns; archaeological survey
Contact Kevin Colls
Email: k.s.colls@bham.ac.uk
* Submerged palaeolandscapes; Mesolithic Europe.Contact: Dr Simon Fitch
Email: s.fitch@bham.ac.uk
* Built Environment conservation; buildings archaeology; heritage managementContact: Harriet Devlin
Email: h.devlin@bham.ac.uk
* Landscape archaeology; computing; geographic information systems; Balkan archaeology; current field and research projects include Forum Novum (Italy), the Stonehenge Landscape, the Adriatic Islands Project, and the North Sea Project.Contact: Professor Vince Gaffney
Email: v.l.gaffney@bham.ac.uk
* Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe; archaeological theory; archaeology of ritual and religion; archaeology, visual representation and popular media; current fieldwork includes the Medway valley Prehistoric Landcapes project and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes project.Contact: Mr Paul Garwood
Email: p.j.garwood@bham.ac.uk
* The archaeo-environmental record of raised mire systems and the palynology of archaeological sites and landscapes.Contact: Dr Ben Gearey
Email: b.r.gearey@bham.ac.uk
* Post-Roman (early medieval) Europe with specific reference to long-distance contacts and artefacts studies.Contact: Anthea L Harris
Email: a.l.harris@bham.ac.uk
* Environmental archaeology and geomorphology; Pleistocene landscape development and remote sensing for geographical prospection.Contact: Dr Andy Howard
Email: a.j.howard@bham.ac.uk
* Environmental archaeology and palaeonentomology use of insect remains to examine the development of the Holocene landscape of the Trent Valley and the Severn Estuary; insect faunas from both urban and rural human habitation sites and their use in the interpretation of archaeological contexts and ultimately human behaviour.Contact: Dr David Smith
Email: d.n.smith@bham.ac.uk
* Classical archaeology; Greek prehistory; Bronze Age Macedonia; current research at Mycenae, Knossos, Assiros and Servia.Contact: Dr Ken Wardle
Email: k.a.wardle@bham.ac.uk
* Late prehistoric, Romano-British and Dark Age British archaeology; heritage management, industrial archaeology; research projects include the Wroxeter Hinterland Project.Contact: Dr Roger White
Email: r.h.white@bham.ac.uk


UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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Requirements

Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements for research degrees

To gain admission to a research degree programme (with the exception of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD)) an applicant must comply with the following entry requirements:

* Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
* Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicants potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

* Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
* In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Please note

* Entry onto many programmes is highly competitive, therefore we consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
* Specific entry requirements are given for each programme. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in the online prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.
* After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.

English language requirements

* IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
* TOEFL IBT 93 with no less than 20 in any band

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 93

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Funding

See the University of Birmingham Website for more details on fees and funding.

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