The Archaeology MLitt gives you an opportunity to learn the latest research skills in archaeology. This research programme will prepare you for doctoral study and an academic career in archaeology, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.
The Archaeology MLitt is based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and covers a wide range of specialisms. Research supervision is available in the following periods and regions:
- Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in north-west Europe
- Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain and north-west Europe
- Copper and Bronze Age in Italy and the Mediterranean
- Iron Age/Roman transition
- Roman Britain
- Roman Europe and Mediterranean
- Roman urbanism
- Greek and Byzantine archaeology
- The Roman/medieval transition
Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology
- Early medieval Britain and Europe
- Byzantine archaeology
- Medieval and post-medieval landscapes
- Church archaeology, historic buildings
- Post-medieval archaeology, colonialism, slavery
- Historical North America
- Foodways and human-animal relationships
Thematic research is also strong at Newcastle and research supervision is available in the following areas of enquiry:
Bodies and Identity
- Personhood and identity
- The archaeology of the body and mortuary archaeology
- Art and identity
- Food and identity
- Landscape archaeology
- Ritual landscapes
- Historic Landscape Characterisation
- Ancient technology and economy
- Ancient metallurgy
- Artefact analysis and material culture studies
Inter-disciplinary research is supported, and research projects can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, such as history, ancient history, classics, or fine art.
You will be guided by a team of two supervisors. The primary supervisor will meet with you at least 10 times a year and the secondary supervisor will attend at least three of these meetings.
You will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your supervisory team at the start of your studies to identify any skills that require further development to enable you to conduct your research. You can attend certain BA and MA modules relevant to your research topic with the agreement of the module leader, although you will not complete the associated assignments.
You will complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests. Your dissertation will be a sustained piece of original research consisting of between 16,000-24,000 words.
Work experienceWork experience
We will actively encourage you to make the most of work experience opportunities while you are studying with us. Possibilities vary from year to year, and in recent years most of our postgraduate students have participated in archaeological field projects run by us and partners in the UK and abroad.
You could also gain experience through volunteering in the Great North Museum: Hancock, eg for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, or participating in educational outreach activities.
Archaeologists at Newcastle benefit from exceptional facilities on campus including over 200 years of scholarship, libraries and archaeological collections built up by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, and the £26 million Great North Museum: Hancock. We hold internationally important collections of prehistoric, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval artefacts, meaning you will have access to one of finest archaeological collections in the UK.
We offer dedicated study spaces and computers, free printing and photocopying in the newly renovated Armstrong Building, and provide laptops for research trips.
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Training & Skills
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 2018 entry
- Research Training Modules
- Research Assignments
- ARA8190 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology I
- ARA8290 Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology II
- ARA9001* Archaeology MLitt Research Assignments
- ARA9002 Archaeology MLitt Dissertation
*Occasionally, and with permission from the Degree Programme Director, you may substitute ARA9001 for ARA9003 and another 20 credit optional module.
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.
Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.
You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.
Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership
Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.
Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £15,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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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.
Before applying you should identify a supervisor from our staff who specialises in the area you wish to research. You are encouraged to contact them to discuss your intended path of study before you apply.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
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.