Dec 01, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024

Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Archaeology (History, Classics, and Religion)

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 19 units in coursework and a thesis.


Course requirements depend to some extent on the student’s previous training and the student’s anticipated needs for the chosen area of concentration.

Course work can normally be completed in one year, but for students needing further preparation in a required language an additional year may be necessary.

19 units in graduate level courses including:

  • Minimum of 9 units from the Department of History and Classics at the 500 or 600-level including at least 6 units from 500-level GREEK or LATIN (as appropriate to the field of study)
  • CLASS 501  (1 unit)


  • Registration in 900-level THES. The final oral examination will be on the student’s thesis, the text of which should normally be 200-300 pages in length.

Comprehensive examinations

Students must pass three written comprehensive examinations: one on the major ancient literary and archaeological sources relevant to the study of Classical or Hellenistic Greek art, monuments and topography; one on the major ancient literary and archaeological sources relevant to the study of Roman Republican or Imperial art, monuments and topography; and one relevant to the general principles and practice of archaeological research. After the written examinations have been taken, there is an oral examination that covers all fields.

It is recommended that students complete all comprehensive examinations by the middle of their third year.

Candidacy examination

An oral examination on the student’s thesis proposal is designed to assess whether the student has (1) an adequate knowledge of the discipline and of the subject matter relevant to the thesis, and (2) the ability to pursue and complete original research at an advanced level.

It is recommended that students take the oral candidacy examination by the end of their third year.

Ethics Requirement

Students fulfill three hours of the FGSR Ethics Training Requirement  through CLASS 501 . Students must also complete the FGSR Graduate Ethics Training course.

Professional Development Requirement

Students fulfill four hours of the FGSR Professional Development Requirement  through CLASS 501 . See the Department website for a guideline of Department resources to fulfill the remaining PD hours..

Modern Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate competence in two modern languages other than English and relevant to their field of study according to the procedures specified in the Departmental Language Requirement.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

Four to six years are normally required to complete the program.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.