Information for current postgraduates

PhD Road Map

Milestones for PhD students in History, Classics and Archaeology.

It is vital for you and your supervisors to have a clear sense of where you should be at different stages of the PhD and how to get there. When you are planning you need to think about financial support, major life events, and your post-PhD plans.For full time PhD students

  • By the end of the first year, students are expected to have refined their initial proposal, have a fully developed literature review and have conducted initial research and written this up for the annual review exercise. Where appropriate, they may also have completed relevant skills courses or other research training.
  • By the end of the second year, students are normally expected to have substantially completed their research and commenced analysis.
  • By the end of the third year, students are expected to have finalised their analysis and produced a final draft of their thesis, which should be ready to be submitted for examination.
  • Students should aim to submit their thesis within three years. The maximum period is 4 years but the final year should normally only be used for revision and final tweaking.

For part time PhD students

  • For part time students the overall requirements remain the same although the timescale is different from the full time PhD