Roman and Byzantine Archaeology 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

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

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of Roman and Byzantine archaeology and advanced practical skills. The MA will be particularly relevant for students with a background in ancient history, archaeology, art history, classics and related disciplines.

The programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of:
• Roman and Byzantine archaeology from a variety of chronological and thematic perspective
• theoretical and interpretive perspectives of archaeologists
• methodologies and sources available to archaeologists
• detailed knowledge and analytical skills from undertaking 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*
• lectures, seminars and practicals delivered by professional archaeologists
• flexibility to shape the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations
• surrounding archaeological sites and landscapes, eg Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Centre

You will also have the opportunity to develop skills (through the selection of certain modules) in artefact analysis, Geographical Information Systems, archaeological fieldwork techniques, heritage management and ancient or modern languages.

The programme will prepare you to study archaeology at PhD level, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

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 trip to Rome. Please check the further information section for more details.


Throughout the programme you will have access to outstanding library holdings of published and unpublished work on Classical and Byzantine archaeology and attend on-site seminars at Hadrian's Wall and in Rome.

You take compulsory modules that cover:

  • archaeological method and theory
  • research training
  • Roman archaeology
  • Byzantine archaeology

The remaining taught part of the programme enables you to choose from a wide range of practical and thematic optional modules. Modules in Greek, Latin and modern languages are also offered.

All students research a dissertation in Roman and/or Byzantine archaeology.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in archaeology, history or 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.

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 of approximately £450 to fund the compulsory study trip to Rome (ARA8150: Graduate seminar in Roman archaeology). This covers travel, food and accommodation. Optional field trips are also available to Athens, the Lower Rhine Frontier 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.