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Visiting Students

If you are a PhD student at another university and wish to come to Cambridge as a visitor, there are two possible routes by which you can visit the University of Cambridge.


Prospective doctoral student visitors

Route 1

It is possible to come to Cambridge for one or two terms as the guest of the Division of Archaeology. If you were accepted you would be allowed to use the Haddon Library, the University Library, and attend lectures and events within the Division of Archaeology and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (


You would not have a supervisor to oversee your work. Visiting Students are expected to identify a member of teaching staff and/or laboratory group who will act as sponsor and can advise you on how to make best use of your time in Cambridge. The Division of Archaeology cannot provide office space or access to Division computers to Visiting Students though we can arrange access to computers within the University’s Computing Service.


Applicants are required to be engaged in doctoral research at the point of application and will not have completed their programme by the date of their visit. Applicants must have the full support of their PhD supervisor at their home institution and will be expected to meet the University's minimum language requirement in the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic test. The minimum requirement is an overall band score of 7.0, with not less than 7.0 in Speaking, Listening and Writing, and 6.5 in Reading. Students will not be required to take a language test if they are conducting their PhD or are a national of a recognized English-speaking country. If you are unsure whether a language test will be required please contact the .


£1000 per term for those using Archaeological Science laboratories, plus the cost of appropriate consumables, or £500 per term for those not using laboratories. Another appropriate fee may be negotiated with respect to hardship or research assistance given in-kind through prior negotiation with the Division of Archaeology.

To Apply:

If you would like to apply for Visiting Student Status please send the following documents to a CV, a reference from your PhD Supervisor at your home University, the name of your preferred sponsor at the Division of Archaeology, a language test report (if required), and an outline of what you will be working on while you are in Cambridge (not more than 1000-words in length). Prospective Visiting Student should normally apply at least two terms in advance of the proposed visit, i.e. by May 1st for the next Michaelmas term (October-November), by October 1st for the next Lent term (January-March).

Publication and Ethics:

As there may by issues with respect to publication arising from a research stay in Cambridge in the Division of Archaeology, publication and authorship protocol must be agreed with your home and host sponsors prior to coming to Cambridge. Each applicant and their home sponsor are referred to the University’s plagiarism policy ( and the Ethics policy for the Division of Archaeology:


Students are required to arrange their own accommodation; the University Accommodation Office ( might be able to assist Visiting Students to find suitable accommodation.


Route 2

If you wish to use only the University Library while you are in Cambridge, you should apply directly to the University Library (please see Please note that this route will not enable you to use any of the Division’s facilities or attend any lectures or events.

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) is open to the public. See the MAA webpages for current exhibitions and opening times.