PhD Reseach Opportunities in Archaeology and Egyptology at Manchester!

We’re delighted to invite applications for doctoral study in Archaeology or Egyptology, and to the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Heritage pathway for associated funding. 

Archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Manchester include academic experts in a broad range of aspects covering the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age and stretching from Britain and northern Europe to Greece and Near East, as well as Egyptian archaeology and history from dynastic to Roman and early Christian periods. Thematically, our research revolves around a number of broad themes, such as history, theory and practice of archaeology; the archaeology of cultural identity; landscape, monuments and architecture; technology and society; death and the body; and archaeological heritage and the contemporary significance of the past.

Archaeology and Egyptology are both part of a department that also includes Classics & Ancient History, thus offering unique opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches to the past. We are part of the Manchester Centre of Archaeology and Egyptology ( which brings together scholars from the Biomedical, Geological and Biomolecular sciences, as well as the Manchester Museum who regularly act as co-supervisors to our students. The Department as a whole comprises over 20 permanent staff plus postdocs, a dedicated fieldwork and lab technician, a departmental reference library and common room. Our doctoral students participate in a thriving disciplinary research culture. For example, research seminars offer the opportunity to hear about research from colleagues across the UK, and for our own PhD students to present their work in a supportive setting.  For further details, please visit our departmental staff profiles via:

The AHRC scheme encourages cross-institutional projects and co-supervision between members of the Heritage Pathway of the NWCDTP, and we would particularly welcome applications from students who would like to take up this opportunity. Pathway members are the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool, University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and Lancaster University. Although supervision may be shared across institutions, these are not joint PhDs, but are based in a single university; anyone wanting to explore the possibility of co-supervision should, therefore, contact in the first instance the department in which they intend to register as a PhD student.

We particularly welcome applications from students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in Higher Education, and are committed to supporting those communities that often have been marginalised. The NWCDTP is working to address imbalances and to promote equality of opportunity.

We advise interested applicants contact potential supervisors and departments in advance of submitting an application.​ Please note that for consideration under the NWCDTP scheme for a project at Manchester, candidates must have submitted an application to study a PhD at the University of Manchester by 15 January 2021. Eligible applicants must then complete and submit the AHRC NWCDTP application form by 5pm GMT, 5 February 2021.  Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

For information on applying to the University of Manchester for a PhD in Archaeology, please visit this webpage:

For information on applying to the University of Manchester for a PhD in Egyptology, please visit this webpage:

Full details of the NWCDTP scheme can be found here:

Potential applicants to the University of Manchester are requested in the first instance to contact their preferred PhD supervisor and Prof. Andrew Morrison (NWCDTP Heritage pathway contact) with an outline of their academic background and proposed area of research.

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