PhD - Archaeology

4 years
17,988 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Memorial Archaeology has a growing international reputation based on the range and quality of scholarly research, proficiency in teaching, and cutting-edge infrastructure.

We offer distinct strengths in historical archaeology, archaeological sciences, and the ancient indigenous past for student opportunities. Modern laboratories specialising in applied archaeological sciences, archaeobotany, archaeoentomology, archaeological conservation, prehistoric, historical, and aboriginal archaeology integrate researchers into community-university research initiatives stretching from Northern Labrador and the Arctic to French Guiana and Northwest Europe. We prepare our graduate students to be competent researchers, critical thinkers, and active stewards of our common archaeological heritage as one of the largest Archaeology departments in the country.

The PhD programme consists of coursework, comprehensive tests, a second language exam, a written thesis, and an oral defence. The programme is four years long and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Students will normally be required to successfully complete two (2) courses during their first three semesters in the programme. The required courses are:
    • Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory
    • Interpretive Methods in Archaeology

Additional courses at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

  • All candidates must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language to be determined in consultation with the supervisory committee. This language will normally be a language in which there is a substantial body of literature in either Archaeology and/or Anthropology.
  • The candidate must submit a written thesis proposal for presentation to the department two months following completion of his/her comprehensive examination.
  • Oral defense of dissertation
  • Residency: the Department requires a minimum residency of two years for Ph.D. students.


  • Tuition — 17,988 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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