Research Higher Degrees

The Department of Archaeology offers the postgraduate degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Arts (MA) by research and thesis.  Research Higher Degree students are able to undertake research in a wide range of areas, subject to the availability of a supervisor in the Department and approval for the research being undertaken.  To gain a better idea of where our research interests lie, see the staff pages for individual areas of expertise, or the thesis topics of our currently enrolled research students.

Most students only complete a research higher degree with the assistance of a scholarship to cover their course fees and provide a weekly allowance.  Scholarships such as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry), or the Flinders University Postgraduate Award are available to graduates with a good Honours degree or equivalent.  Overseas students often apply successfully to the Endeavour Program, which provides scholarships for both Australian and overseas students.  Please contact the Scholarships Office for further information on funding for higher degree research, including the details of individual scholarship programs.

To be accepted into an Archaeology Research Higher Degree, students need first to contact a potential supervisor and have them agree to supervise them, then submit a written proposal for their research for assessment by the department.  Once a student’s research project has been accepted as a viable project by the department, they can then apply for a scholarship and to the Flinders Office of Graduate Research.  There is no set date for submitting a Masters of PhD research proposal to the Department.  Some examples of recent PhD proposals are available here.  

For further information about undertaking a research higher degree in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University please contact the postgraduate coordinator Dr Wendy Van Duivenvoorde.

View and download from our library of Honours and higher degree theses completed in the Department since 1990