Postgraduate study

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Taught programmes

We currently don't run taught Master's programmes in Archaeology and Anthropology. Find out more about other taught programmes in the Faculty of Arts.

Research programmes (MPhil, PhD)

We welcome and encourage applications for postgraduate degrees by research. In addition to topics focusing on single research areas, we actively encourage interdisciplinary research that cuts across the spectrum of archaeological and anthropological studies, or other intellectual disciplines in the Faculty of Arts and beyond. Joint supervision may be provided.

Research groups

See our departmental research groups for more information on how our research activity is focused within Archaeology and Anthropology.

You can also browse the research topics of our current students to get a better understanding of the range of interests currently being pursued.

Skills training

You will also benefit from the Faculty of Arts' postgraduate skills training programme, which allows you to extend your range of academic and professional skills. You may also be given the chance at an appropriate stage to teach undergraduates, and you will be offered training for this purpose, leading to formal accreditation.

Further information on Archaeology and Anthropology research programmes

Open event for prospective postgraduates

Find out about our postgraduate research study options by attending our Archaeology and Anthropology Postgraduate Research Mini Open Event.

You will discover more about our various study options, hear from our current students and learn about potential funding opportunities.

Find out more information on our event page

Faculty support

We foster a vibrant postgraduate community across the Faculty of Arts, providing you with dedicated support when you need it.


Archaeology and Anthropology are among the subjects eligible for AHRC SWW DTP funding. For further details please see the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities funding website.

The opportunities offered at Bristol are great, and the department has a lot of links to the BBC, who do quite exciting archaeology. I think Bristol gives you a really good grounding, but it’s also just a wonderful place, a great fun city.

Sarah Gosling, MPhil Archaeology and Anthropology


A degree in archaeology and anthropology prepares you for a huge range of professional careers. You will acquire strong analytical, practical and field-based skills that will equip you to work in diverse fields.