Institute of Archaeology


Research Applications and Funding Opportunities

To be considered for a Research degree (MPhil/PhD) you must complete an online admissions application form

Your application must include:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A research proposal
  3. Two references
  4. Copies of your transcript
  5. An English Language Qualification if English is not your first language

Once the Department has received your admissions application you will be sent an email confirming receipt.

A decision as to whether you will be called to interview is normally made within two weeks of receipt of your application. If you are overseas this would be a Skype or telephone interview.

Once a decision has been made on your application you will be sent an informal email letting you know the outcome, normally within two weeks of your interview. An official offer letter will be sent by College Admissions. 

We can accept applications from early October and you are advised to submit a complete admissions application no later than 1st May. We can accept applications after this date but they may take significantly longer to process as many of academics will be away on fieldwork during the Summer.

Applying online

Please note that if you apply online your application will not be uploaded until both referees have submitted their references. You can check the progress of your online application form at any point during the application process.

College Admissions can experience delays during busy times (especially during January to April). If you are also applying for funding please contact Lisa Daniel for advise.

Research proposal

In order to gain a place to undertake a research degree at the Institute you are required to provide a clear statement of your proposed project which should be 1500 words in length (excluding Key References). Particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of your proposal as part of the admissions process.

Your Proposal must describe your research project under the following subheadings (suggested word lengths for each section are an approximate guide):

Research Questions (c.700 words)

Please provide an outline of the research questions to be addressed, showing their originality and significance within the general field of the research topic referring to key publications. You should identify the key thematic and theoretical aspects of your project as you currently conceive them and then list further specific lines of enquiry that you intend to pursue. You may find it useful to number your specific questions (see Sources, Data and Methods below).

Sources, Data and Methods (c. 350 words)

Describe the sources of information/data that the research will draw upon and identify any ethical considerations. If possible, please identify which sources you intend to use to address your research questions. If your project will involve field, laboratory-based or museums work please state: (1) where and why; (2) how you propose to access these sources; (3) what permissions are required (identifying any likely difficulties or sensitivities); how the research work is to be funded (expenses other than UCL fees, living costs, etc.).

Research Skills (c.350 words)

Give an account of the knowledge and expertise that you already have which is relevant to the proposed research and, most significantly, any training you will need to aquire to undertake your project (for example, GIS skills, use of analytical instruments, statistical methods). Please bear in mind that certain analytical methods and techniques require considerable time and effort to acquire, so please pay particular attention to the appropriateness and feasibility of your research methods.

Time and Impact (c.100 words)

Please conclude your Research Proposal with a consideration of why it is important to undertake the research at the present time and how the potential outcomes of your project might impact both on specialists in the given field and the wider academic community.

Key References

Please list up to 12 key references with a brief note (one or two sentences) of their significance to your proposed research topic.


All applicants should submit two academic references.


A transcript is a breakdown of marks you obtained in each course/module you took at University.

Your University will be able to provide you with this.

If your transcripts are not in English you will need to provide an official translation. This can either be through your University, the British Council, the British Embassy or an official translator.

If you are a current UCL student please print off your current marks from your PORTICO record.

English Language Qualification

English language requirements are described here. We look for Good Standard

Entry Requirements

You must have, or be completing, a Masters in a relevant subject.

We normally look for a Masters degree with an overall grade of 70% or better, with at least 70% in the dissertation.

For details on all funding offered by UCL please see the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Scholarships and Funding

The timetable for UCL Graduate School Scholarship and / or the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship (Overseas fee paying students only) applications is 5th January.

All applications should be sent to Lisa Daniel in the Department. In order to be considered for this funding the Department should have received your complete admissions application (with both references) by the 4th December at the latest.

UK and EU students who intend to enrol for this degree are eligible to apply for LAHP AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentship. Please note that if you are applying for this funding the Department must have received your complete admissions application (with both references) by the 3rd January 2018 at the absolute latest, however you are strongly advised to submit your application before Christmas. 

The Department can offer feed back on draft LAHP applications. Please email this to Lisa Daniel  by 1st December. Due to the Christmas Closure we cannot guarantee we can provide feedback on drafts received after this date. 

For both funding opportunities above you are strongly advised to contact your potential supervisor as soon as possible (and no later than 1st December as the funding application requires a statement of support from your supervisor. Please also note that UCL will be closed between 23rd December 2017 and 3rd January 2018. 

ESRC Studentships 

We are delighted to announce our participation in the ESRC-funded UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership. We are seeking applicants for students in archaeology and heritage that are interested in a topic applying social science methodologies to the analysis of the heritage sector. Students can undertake study either part-time, or full-time, and can enter the doctoral programme either via a 1-year Master’s or directly into a PhD. Each of these routes builds on the concentration of academic resources between partnering institutions, including the Institute of Archaeology, Institute for Sustainable Heritage, Raphael Samuel History Centre, and partnerships with the British Museum and Museum of London. For further information please see here

If you have any queries please contact Lisa Daniel.


All UCL Accommodation is processed and allocated centrally. You can apply for accommodation only after you have formally accepted an unconditional offer. Priority is given to Overseas students. For further details on UCL accommodation, and details on how to apply, please refer to the UCL Student Accommodation website.

If you would like a list of alternative sources of accommodation please contact Lisa Daniel for further details.