School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Taught Courses

Archaeology Taught Courses

Our Courses

Find out about our taught postgraduate courses.

Read our degree descriptions to find out about course content, entry requirements, fees, funding and visa information:

This programme offers the option to specialise in one of the following routes:
o Prehistoric Archaeology
o Classical Archaeology: Greek and Roman
o Roman Frontier Studies
o Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Archaeology
o Historical Archaeology
o Artefacts and Technologies
We also offer postgraduate taught courses in history and classics and ancient history

Postgraduate funding

We offer a broad range of studentships for postgraduate students. The latest funding opportunities are posted online as they are announced.

Athens Trip

The Athens trip usually runs later in Semester 2 and is an optional part of the Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology.

This trip is for students taking module CAH8016 - Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology.


Planning for the trip begins before Christmas. There'll be a special meeting for all MA students taking CAH8016 in Semester 2. You'll be given a booklet with maps and plans, itinerary, risk assessment etc.

Activities and sites

As much as possible is crammed into a few days to minimise costs for students. Two full days, properly planned, are enough to see the main sites and museums of central Athens.

Our itinerary allows us to travel everywhere by foot, except for one destination, the National Museum.

Past activities have included the Acropolis Museum, an early-evening tour of the British School at Athens's library and an evening lecture on underwater archaeology.

Sites visited include the Acropolis and Acropolis museum, Kerameikos, Olympieion, National Archaeological Museum and the Agora.

Other activities

Students are encouraged to participate fully by asking questions and giving presentations in museums and on site.

In addition to visiting sites, you'll get a chance to socialise over drinks and dinner.

You can organise to stay in Greece longer if you want to. Students often travel for a few days in Greece before or after the Athens trip to visit Delphi and Olympia.

Rome Trip

The Rome trip is run by Professor Ian Haynes and is part of the Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology. Students are responsible for additional costs related to the trip.

This trip is for students taking module ARA8150 Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology but is open to any other students enrolled on the MA Archaeology programme. All students will be required to take part in all activities. The trip takes place at the end of Semester 1.

Activities and sites

The packed itinerary for the week begins at the Roman Forum. This is followed by sessions at the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Church of St Clement.

Day two takes in the Forum of Caesar, the Imperial fora including Trajan’s Column and Trajan’s Markets. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting a major museum/study collection.

Day three begins at the Ara Pacis and includes the Column of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina, the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Mausoleum.

The final day begins with Theatre of Marcellus, before going on to examine the Round Temple, the Baths of Caracalla and the Cathedral of St John Lateran and the Lateran Baptistery.

Other activities

At each location, students are expected to deliver an on-site presentation.

You can spend your remaining time pursuing your own particular research interests, such as a study of the catacombs or the cities of Vesuvius.

You can organise to stay in Italy longer if you want to. Students often travel for a few days in Italy before or after the Rome trip to visit site such as Herculaneum and Pompeii.


Our programmes combine dedicated, small-group teaching of the highest quality with independent research.

We have research and teaching collections at the Great North Museum: Hancock and at the School.

We provide quality, small group teaching. This gives you a level of familiarity with artefacts, which most university students could only dream of.

Several of our modules include field trips as part of their delivery at sites both in the UK and abroad.

You'll receive training in research methods. You'll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules in archaeology.

Further options in other subjects at Newcastle University are also available.


We have access to major museum collections dating from prehistory to the post-medieval period.

Greek and Roman collections

Our world-class Greek and Roman collections include armour, coinage, sculpture and pottery. They are an ideal resource for developing expertise and doing ‘hands-on’ work with material culture.

Our Roman material contains artefacts from almost every major site on Hadrian’s Wall. It has one of the most important collections of inscriptions from Roman Britain - an invaluable asset of international importance.

Great North Museum (GNM) research library

This research library brings together our extensive and internationally important collections in prehistory, classical and historical archaeology.

It holds a world-class collection of artefacts and epigraphy from Hadrian’s Wall.

University library

Our collection of books at the University library offers one of the best resources for the study of Greek art and archaeology in the UK.

Gertrude Bell Archive

We are fortunate to have access to the Gertrude Bell Archive. This includes papers, letters, diaries, 6,000 photographs and Bell’s own library.

This is a major resource for the teaching of Byzantine archaeology and early Islamic archaeology in particular.

Other important sources for the study of Byzantine archaeology include the Michael Gough Archive and the substantial collection of publications in both the GNM and Robinson libraries.

Shefton Collection

The Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology at the Great North Museum is named after its founder, Professor Brian Shefton. Professor Shefton taught Greek archaeology at Newcastle University from 1955 to 1984.

One of the main strengths of the collection is the extensive range of pottery, covering all the major periods of Greek history from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic.

Find out more about these Greek objects on the Great North Museum website.