Postgraduate Research Programs

The Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney offers one of the most diverse ranges of research supervision in Australia owing to the breadth of areas of research interest among the staff.

Archaeology provides a vivid understanding of how the past informs our present. The Department of Archaeology specialises in:

  • Classical archaeology of the Mediterranean (Greece and Italy),
  • The Middle East (Jordan, Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran),
  • Western and Central Asia,
  • Cambodia,
  • Australia,
  • Public archaeology and cultural heritage.

Annual fieldwork taking place in most of these areas.

Three post-graduate research degrees (Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Arts–Research) are available. The choice is dependent on past experience and future aims (details and admission requirements below).

Research students over the course of their enrolment participate in at least one of the post-graduate seminar series, to which they are themselves required to make presentations of their on-going research. Some departmental funding is available to contribute to research expenses. Research topics may, but need not, include fieldwork.

Contact the Department

For advice on postgraduate research degrees we encourage you to contact the Department’s Postgraduate Research Coordinator:
Professor Peter Hiscock

Room 709 Brennan MacCallum Building
+612 9351 2090

Postgraduate research courses

The Department offers the following postgraduate courses by research:

Information about the each degree and its admission requirements can be found by clicking on the links above.

Additional information

If you have completed some studies in Archaeology in your undergraduate degree, you can apply to start postgraduate research in the Department of Archaeology.

If you have already completed a degree without studying Archaeology, you can enrol in an Undergraduate Diploma to complete the equivalent to a major in Archaeology. You may then enrol in Honours, which provides a pathway to the Research postgraduate program.

The general requirement for entry into the MPhil or PhD program is a good Honours result in Archaeology, either a First Class or Second Class (First Division) grade. If you have not completed the Honours year but have an undergraduate major in Archaeology, you are eligible to apply for entry into the MA (Research) program.

All PhD and Mphil candidates are required to submit a 1000 word research proposal. Please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator for more information.