With a rich archaeological landscape, two centuries of an archaeological community in the city and unique museum resources, Newcastle University is the ideal choice for studying archaeology. 

Our range of taught and research  postgraduate programmes reflects our expertise in later prehistory, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval and historical archaeology.


• The University is a partner in the £26 million Great North Museum, which holds internationally important collections of prehistoric, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval artefacts.
• Our new Centre for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies delivers a hands-on approach to archaeological training with expert teaching in numismatics, ceramics and metallography.
• We make full use of the rich archaeological landscape of the North East with regular study trips and fieldwork projects.

Students also have access to specialist facilities including:
• the Gertrude Bell Archive
• the Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory
• the Shefton collections of Greek archaeology

Your study experience

 All our postgraduates have access to the postgraduate common room, computer clusters and can borrow laptops for research trips.

Research students also have dedicated desk and computing facilities and may be able to draw on financial support for research trips. Our lively research culture includes a full seminar programme and an annual conference.

MA Programmes

 Our teaching integrates theories and techniques from:
• anthropology
• geography
• materials science
• Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

We also offer modules in classics, which include options in Latin and Greek at various levels, as well as modules in modern languages and heritage.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

MPhil and PhD Study

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Research Strengths 

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 70–80 per cent of our research was classed as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘internationally recognised’ with 10 –15 per cent classed as ‘world leading’.

Research strengths cover three themes:
• monumentality and landscape archaeology
• the material culture of historic periods
• bodies and identity

We have an interdisciplinary and international approach and enjoy research collaborations with 47 universities, museums and heritage bodies in countries ranging from Turkey and South Africa to Romania and Italy.

We also have 29 UK collaborations with organisations such as English Heritage and National Parks as well as universities and museums.


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