We seek to welcome our MA students warmly and to nurture them well. We encourage all MA students to make the most of their time with us by entering fully into the life of our thriving research community.
An MA at Newcastle enables you to participate in the long and distinguished history of archaeology at Newcastle in Prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Late Antique, western Medieval, Byzantine and Historical Archaeology. Over two centuries since the establishment of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle in 1812, Newcastle has built important library and museum collections and an impressive record of research which form a firm foundation for MA studies.
MA programmes in Archaeology at Newcastle are taught within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology as part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The programmes we offer reflect the research interests and specialisms of our academics and benefit from the excellent resources we have both on campus and in the region.
Newcastle’s historic city is a stimulating place to spend a year surrounded by a wealth of archaeological sites and landscapes: the Tyne Valley, the Northumberland National Park and Northumberland coast and the North Yorkshire Moors are all within easy reach, and only short distance further away lie the Lake District and Scotland.
Many of the most important archaeological discoveries from our region have been exhibited with other artefacts from across the World on our university campus in the new £26 million Great North Museum: Hancock.
Several of our MA programmes reflect our long history of research in Mediterranean archaeology. Our Greek archaeology teaching at MA level is supported by the magnificent Shefton Collection of artefacts located in the Great North Museum: Hancock and in the Shefton Collection in the Robinson Library. Our strength in Roman and Byzantine archaeology at Newcastle in particular has grown from decades of research and fieldwork in Rome, Istanbul, and across the Roman and Byzantine empires.
We have a lively research culture in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and, in addition to modules taken for credits towards their degrees, MA students are encouraged to join and to participate actively in our School’s research groups. MA students also take part in the School’s Postgraduate Forum which is run by the postgraduate students.
Our programmes develop a range of subject-specific and transferrable skills which equip students for a range of careers both within and outside archaeology and for further research. We maintain good links with graduates and often benefit from their attendance at our research events and our regular Archaeology Drinks meetings. These are an excellent way for students to meet alumni and friends of Archaeology, especially those professional archaeologists working in the region around Newcastle.