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Archaeology is the study of the past from the origin of species to the present day.

About the programme

UCAS Code: BA Combined Honours (Y001)

Archaeology can be combined with almost any other Combined Honours subject(s). We study the physical remains of the past:

  • coins
  • sculptures
  • pots
  • weapons
  • tools

The transferable skills you'll gain from this subject could lead you into archaeological or heritage career. 

But they are just as vital for teaching, banking, law and the military. Offered by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology we also have a vibrant and active Archaeology Society for you to get involved in.


There are no special requirements for taking archaeology as one of your subjects. Most A-level subjects are relevant in such a broad discipline.

We welcome students who have already gained some practical experience of archaeology, but this is not essential.


Find out about our typical modules. Modules are subject to change and could differ on an annual basis.

Archaeology fieldwork:

Combined Honours students can participate in an approved excavation, fieldwork or other practical/vocational work at the end of Stage 1 and during the summer vacation at the end of Stage 2. You must work for at least two weeks.

If you would like to undertake fieldwork, we strongly recommend that you take:

  • ARA1027 in Stage 1 and
  • ARA2012 in Stage 2

If you would like to participate in fieldwork but take alternative Archaeology modules this must be discussed and agreed with the Subject Advisor for Archaeology.  Any student wishing to undertake fieldwork at the end of Stage 2 should also consult with the Subject Advisor for Archaeology.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about choosing this subject as part of your Combined Honours degree, contact us and we'll be more than happy to help. 

Subject advisers

Dr Sally Waite, School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Our address

Combined Honours Centre
9th Level, Henry Daysh Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: +44 (0)191 208 7479