Later European Prehistory 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 programme is designed for students who wish to study the later prehistoric archaeology of continental Europe, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Ages. It will prepare you for study for a PhD in later prehistoric archaeology, or to enter professions requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

This programme explores three vital themes in the study of European later prehistoric archaeology: bodies, architecture, and technology. You will examine the changing roles of bodies, architecture and technology in later European prehistory from the end of the Mesolithic to the beginning of the Iron Age. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to tackle these themes from theoretical, methodological and practical angles.

Seminar- and text-based learning is complemented with practical artefact analysis and the acquisition of specialist professional skills in metallography and metalwork use-wear analysis as well as training in data analysis techniques. Throughout the programme you have access to excellent library and archive holdings in Archaeology and exceptional University artefact collections, and will visit some of the most important later prehistoric sites in the north of England.

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Find out more detailed information about the programme modules.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 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.

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. 

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

Additional costs

There is an additional cost (maximum of £450) to fund compulsory study trips to prehistoric sites in Britain (ARA81820: Prehistoric architecture - houses, monuments and beyond). This covers travel, food and accommodation. Optional field trips are also available to Rome, Athens and the Lower Rhine Frontier.

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 History.