School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Opportunities for Students

Opportunities for Students


There are lots of activities you can get involved in while you're a student.


All our students get a chance to do fieldwork. Our students complete their placements around the world. We run our own field studies which many of our students attend.

Studying abroad

You can opt to spend a year abroad on the Erasmus student exchange scheme.

Vacation scholarships

Vacation scholarships provide experience for undergraduates with research potential. The aim is to encourage them to take further postgraduate study.

Previous winners

Several of our archaeology students have been awarded these scholarships in recent years. Their projects have been presented as posters and presentations at the annual Vacation Scholarships and Expeditions presentation evening.

  • Download Antonia Coleman-Harvey’s 2017 poster. (PDF: 1,271KB)
  • Download Eleanor Harrison’s 2017 poster. (PDF: 2,110KB) 
  • Listen to Holly Johnson and Ben Howson's 2013 presentation and download their poster. (PDF: 524KB)
  • Listen to David Astbury's 2012 presentation and download his ‌poster. (PDF: 2.26MB)
  • Download Wendy Malkin's poster. (PDF: 427KB)

Heritage Volunteering

We have very close links with local heritage organisations. Many of our students find volunteering opportunities, gaining valuable work experience.

Across our region, heritage professionals conserve and care for our local heritage and present it to the public. There are numerous opportunities for volunteers with regional organisations.


Great North Museum

There are plenty of chances to volunteer at the Great North Museum (on campus) and other local museums.

Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Open Air Museum is also keen to attract volunteers. Lots of our students have found placements there.

Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary scheme to record artefacts found by members of the public. Students can volunteer to help the local PAS finds liaison officers based in Durham and Newcastle.

PAS volunteers learn to identify, record, and photograph artefacts to a national standard. This is a useful way to learn key archaeological skills.

Young Archaeologists Club

If you're interested in working with children, volunteer to help us run the Newcastle University branch of the Young Archaeologists Club. This meets once a month and is run by Dr Jane Webster.

Work experience

Heritage City

Our unique Heritage City website provides information about research opportunities within the historic city of Newcastle. Students taking up Heritage City projects work closely with members of staff from these organisations. These include Newcastle City Council, English Heritage and Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives.

Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd

Work placements are also available at with Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd at their London or Durham offices.