Archaeology MA

Archaeology MA

Full time: 12 months
Part time: 24 months


The Archaeology MA inspires you to think about the human past from a variety of thematic and analytical perspectives. Newcastle is surrounded by world-class prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval heritage. We make full use of our rich archaeological landscape with regular study trips and fieldwork.

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The Archaeology MA has six specialist pathways and a generic route to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations:

  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology: Greek and Roman
  • Roman Frontier Studies
  • Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Artefacts and Technologies

Newcastle University has a long and distinguished history of archaeological research, including:

  • Prehistoric archaeology
  • Greek archaeology
  • Roman archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Late Antique period
  • Western Medieval archaeology
  • Byzantine archaeology
  • Historical archaeology (the post-1500 AD world)
  • Landscape studies
  • Material culture studies

We have access to some of the finest collections of archaeological artefacts in Great Britain in the on-campus Great North Museum: Hancock.

We provide quality teaching in small groups. This means you'll reach a level of familiarity with artefacts that most students can only dream of.

We have a range of period-based, practical and theoretical modules available. Our modules will give you an understanding of the interpretive approaches that archaeologists adopt. They will also help you understand the methodologies and sources available during your investigations.

You can develop a range of advanced practical skills in:

  • artefact analysis, including metallography and use-wear analysis
  • archaeological surveying, including topographical, buildings and geophysical survey
  • database and archive use
  • geographical information systems (GIS)
  • ancient languages
  • animal bone identification.

You'll join a vibrant archaeology community at Newcastle. You'll receive specialist teaching from leading academics in subjects of their research expertise.

Throughout the course you'll have opportunities to engage and learn about our innovative research. We have an extensive programme of invited speakers organised by our research groups. Our Postgraduate Forum also has a seminar series, annual conference and e-journal.

The Archaeology MA provides you with outstanding skills and the ability to enter a range of professions. You will gain advanced skills in literacy, research and project management. You could also choose to continue your academic career with a PhD in archaeology.


The North East has an outstanding prehistoric, Roman and medieval heritage. We take full advantage of this through regular study trips and fieldwork. You can also take optional modules with field trips to:

  • Rome 
  • Athens

The tuition of these trips is included in your course fees. If you select a module with an overseas trip you should budget about £450 to cover your flights and accommodation.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 150 for Archaeology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


All campus-based teaching takes place during the working week. Some field trips take place during holidays and weekends, depending on the modules taken. 

Contact and independent study times vary depending on the module and time of year.

Semesters one and two: You typically attend between 6 - 15 hours of teaching per week. The remaining hours of a standard week are for independent study.

Student Profile

The course has allowed me to explore how archaeological theory has influenced many previous scholars, and as a result my own research is becoming far more advanced and competent

Cameron's student profile

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Compulsory modules

You will initially apply for MA Archaeology but may chose a specialist route upon registration. There are five pathways to choose from.

If you wish to remain on general MA Archaeology route, you will take 100 credits from any of the modules below.

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Introduction to Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology
Introduction to the Dissertation module

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.



Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900


Full time: £7,800
Part time: £3,900


Full time: £18,000

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in archaeology. A 2:1 honours degree in any other subject will be considered alongside personal statement.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

You will initially apply for the Archaeology MA but may choose a specialist pathway upon registration. 

Start dates

The course starts in September. Due to demand, we suggest you apply early. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


Sandra Fletcher
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7966