Roman Frontier Studies MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

Please see 'Further Information' for additional field trip costs.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This unique programme is designed for students wishing to study the archaeology of the frontiers of the Roman Empire. It will prepare you to study archaeology at PhD level, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

The programme will equip you with advanced practical skills, including the ability to evaluate, analyse and interpret archaeological sources and reports.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • roman frontier studies from a variety of chronological and thematic perspectives
  • archaeological methodologies and sources
  • theoretical and interpretive perspectives of archaeologists
  • undertaking higher degree research through completion of a dissertation

At Newcastle, you will have access to outstanding library holdings and unique museum resources, including the £26million Great North Museum, the Gertrude Bell Archive and Wolfson archaeology Laboratory

You will also benefit from:

  • study trips to Rome and the Lower Rhine Frontier*
  • lectures, seminars and practicals delivered by professional archaeologists
  • flexibility to shape the programme to suit your career aspirations
  • surrounding archaeological sites and landscapes, eg Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Centre

View our video online to find out more about being a postgraduate student in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

*Please note: additional costs will be incurred for the compulsory study trips. Please check the further information section for more details.


Throughout this programme you will have access to an exceptional range of archaeological collections from across the Roman Empire, during practical teaching. You will also have access to extensive archives covering the Roman frontiers of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

You take compulsory modules, optional modules and undertake a dissertation. Modules in Greek, Latin and modern languages are also offered. All students complete a dissertation in Roman Frontier Studies.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in archaeology or a related field such as classics, history, or geography. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have relevant professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Applicants may be invited for interview or to discuss this programme by telephone or e-mail. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

 There is an additional cost to fund the compulsory study trips to Rome (ARA8150: Graduate seminar in Roman archaology) and the Lower Rhine Frontier (ARA8128: Armies and frontiers of the Roman Empire). The cost of each overseas trip is approximately £450 and this covers travel, food and accommodation. Optional field trips are also available to Athens and throughout the UK.

For further information please contact:
Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Archaeology.

Student profiles:

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It is a sociable course and I have interacted with classmates from several different countries which makes it more interesting.

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