Graduate Program

Memorial’s Department of Archaeology includes archaeologists whose interests span the ancient, pre-contact and historical records of the New and Old Worlds. The Department has particular strengths in the study of the North Atlantic region, and maintains active field research programs in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, the Canadian Arctic, the Caribbean and in Europe.

Since awarding our first M.A. in Archaeology in 1972 our graduate program has steadily expanded. We introduced a doctoral program in 2001, and now have a thriving community of graduate students working on a broad range of projects.

Our strong international reputation is reflected in the research profiles of our faculty, the interdisciplinary research projects and community engagement initiatives we pursue, and our vibrant teaching programs. Students have access to state-of-the art laboratory facilities and archaeological collections, in addition to a range of equipment and expertise. We foster collaborative projects with cross-appointed faculty in Geography, History, Classics, and Earth Sciences.

We provide students with the opportunity and support to develop strong field-, lab- and theory-based research projects of their own, and to join a community of scholars with an abiding curiosity about the material cultural and biological records of the human past.

The Department of Archaeology offers graduate programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees.

  • The M.A. degree involves coursework, a thesis proposal and a written thesis, which can be completed in two years of full-time study

  • The Ph.D degree involves coursework, a second language requirement, comprehensive exams, and a thesis proposal, which can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Find out more about applying to the Archaeology graduate program.

For more information about Master's and Doctoral examinations and submissions, please review the School of Graduate Studies Theses and Reports guidelines.


Department of Archaeology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000