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Archaeology MA

Our master's in Archaeology inspires you to think about the human past from a variety of thematic and analytical perspectives.

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  • September 2024


Newcastle is a great place to study a master's in Archaeology. We're surrounded by world-class prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval heritage and you'll make full use of our rich archaeological landscape with regular study trips and fieldwork in the region. Our world-class on-campus Great North Museum: Hancock provides some of the finest archaeological collections often used in your learning.

The Archaeology master's has six specialist pathways and a generic route. You can select a pathway to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations. As well as a general ‘Archaeology’ pathway, you can choose from:

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

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

  • Prehistoric archaeology in Britain, Western Europe and the Mediterranean
  • 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

You'll join a vibrant archaeology community at Newcastle and 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 from across the country and around the world, giving you a chance to connect with researchers based in other institutions. Join a vibrant community of postgraduate students from Archaeology, Classics and History through our Postgraduate Forum, which also has a seminar series, annual conference and e-journal.


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Qualifications explained

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What you'll learn

Build the degree that is right for you! We have a wide range of period-based, practical and theoretical modules available for you to choose. Our compulsory modules ensure you receive a solid training in archaeological research while our optional modules allow you to specialise in particular fields of interest. Lectures, seminars and practical activities give you an understanding of the interpretive approaches that archaeologists adopt and help you better understand the methodologies and sources available to apply to your own research.

You'll initially apply for MA Archaeology but may choose a specialist route when you register. There are six pathways from which to choose. You only need to choose a minimum of three modules (60 credits) from a specific pathway, you can choose the remainder from any module listed in any of the pathways.


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Practical skills

You can develop a range of advanced practical skills depending on the modules you select. These can include:

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • ancient languages
  • artefact and material culture analysis
  • field survey and excavation methods
  • archaeological laboratory practice
  • research skills

Work experience

We encourage you to gain archaeological experience outside of your course whilst part of our archaeology community. While opportunities may be limited due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, we make every effort to provide opportunities for students to join on various ongoing research projects run by staff. 

Your future

What can you do with a master's in archaeology?

The Archaeology MA provides you with outstanding skills and the ability to enter a range of professions. You'll gain advanced skills in:

  • research
  • project management
  • archaeological method and theory
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • responsibility/leadership
  • team work
  • time management

Many of our students go on to careers in the heritage sector, including commercial archaeology (cultural resource management), museums and non-governmental organisations.

We have extensive ties with local heritage organisations and provide opportunities to network with prospective employers.

You could also choose to continue your academic career with a PhD in archaeology.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Our archaeologists have exceptional facilities on campus. This includes over 200 years of scholarship, libraries and archaeological collections built up by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle and the Great North Museum: Hancock, through which you'll have access to one of finest archaeological collections in the UK.

You can access the following internationally important collections:

  • Prehistoric Europe collections
  • Ancient Greek collections
  • Etruscan collections
  • Roman collections (from across the empire)
  • Medieval artefacts
  • Gertrude Bell archive

The recently refurbished Armstrong Building is home to Archaeology. It has:

  • dedicated study spaces
  • Reading Room
  • computers
  • free printing
  • photocopying
  • laptops for research trips

The Wolfson Archaeology Laboratory has dedicated teaching spaces as well as resources to conduct your own research, including:

  • an animal bones reference collection
  • a thin section and microfossil slide collection
  • Roman pottery collections
  • Post-Medieval metalwork and ceramics collections
  • specialist equipment for soil, pollen, phytolith and other microfossil sample preparations.
  • material culture analytical suite with microscopy, spectroscopy, 3D scanning and x-ray facilities

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

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Admissions policy

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You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

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


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