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V400 - Archaeology

Archaeology

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: V400
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

Uncover secrets of the human past with an Archaeology BA Honours degree, and develop the analytical and critical-thinking skills vital in a range of careers.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £19200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB-BBB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This Archaeology BA Honours degree focuses on developing your key practical skills. You'll form a thorough knowledge of archaeology topics – from prehistory to the recent past – and graduate prepared for a varied career in the heritage sector and beyond.

Through hands-on learning experiences, you will investigate the social, historical and cultural contexts in which past societies developed, drawing on evidence from a range of disciplines. 

You'll explore the North East, a region that's steeped in history while on field trips, and have opportunities to go abroad.

You’ll begin your degree with an introduction to the discipline of archaeology. You will explore how archaeology has changed our understanding of the past, before learning more specialist analytical techniques and focusing on specific cultures or global regions.

As you progress through your degree, you’ll choose from a diverse range of modules and tailor your options to fit your own interests. 

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Quality and ranking

  • 8th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • 9th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
  • top 150 – Archaeology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

Modules and learning

Modules

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

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.

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.

You’ll be introduced to a range of archaeological techniques used to understand the past, often focusing on British case studies from prehistory to the recent past. This includes the unique module Stuff: Living in a Material World, where you think about the relationships formed between people and their things.

In the summer following your first year, you will complete two weeks of funded fieldwork along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Foundational Fieldwork Training 0
Stuff: living in a material world 20
Introduction to Archaeological Science 20
Introduction to Archaeology 20
Prehistoric Britain 20
The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century 20
Optional Modules Credits
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology 20
West meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-200 BC 20

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to select the topics that fascinate you most, whether it’s Roman frontiers or Ancient Greek bodies.

You’ll also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice while receiving guided supervision from an expert member of staff.

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation in Archaeology 40
Optional Modules Credits
Geoarchaeology 20
Early Medieval Britain 20
The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours 20
Frontier Communities of Roman Britain 20
Historical Archaeology of Britain 1500-Present 20
Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain in its European Context 20
Archaeologies of the Middle Sea: An Armchair Voyage Across the Prehistoric Mediterranean 20
The Archaeology of Animal Bones 20
Origins and Transformations: Early Prehistoric Europe 20
Sex, bodies and identities in Classical Greece 20
The Life and Afterlife of Alexander the Great 20
Roman Egypt 20
Our Visual Past: Ancient Rock Art in the UK and Internationally 20
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You will learn from a dynamic range of methods and activities, including:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • practical activities
  • site visits
  • fieldwork training
  • independent study

These activities take place in the classroom, the library, the field, the museum and the laboratory.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Projects

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

Throughout your studies you’ll have opportunities to undertake hands-on archaeological work and object-handling sessions, putting the knowledge you learn in the classroom into practice.

Each summer you’ll complete a minimum of two weeks of funded fieldwork. After year one you'll undertake this at Hadrian's Wall, and at the end of year two you’ll choose from projects in the UK and abroad. These opportunities enable you to hone your practical skills while also making connections with associated heritage organisations.

Research skills

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to spend the summer following your second year working alongside academic staff on your own research project.

In your final year, using the skills developed during your degree, you’ll write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing. During this, you’ll hone your investigative skills as you undertake independent research with access to extensive print and electronic resources, as well as archives and special collections.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in either Stage 2 or 3. You can study in an EU country as part of an Erasmus exchange or further afield.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

Our archaeology degree courses are taught in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at our city-centre campus. 

Facilities include a dedicated archaeology laboratory with petrology microscopes and stereo-microscopes for artefact analysis, and permanent collections including human remains, animal bones, Roman pottery and our Victorian household collection.

There's also the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies, delivering professional training in handling artefacts and extensive collections in the University-led Great North Museum adjacent to campus.

Support

You'll have the support of a lecturer as a personal tutor throughout your degree, and a student mentor will help you settle in.

Archaeology is a new subject for everyone: we teach you all you need to know, and support your progress through to the end of the degree.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Some of our graduates opt for careers in the heritage sector working for government, museums and private consultancies, such as:

  • English Heritage
  • National Trust
  • British Museum
  • National Parks
  • Headland Archaeology
  • Wardell Armstrong Archaeology Services
  • MOLA Headland Infrastructure
  • Northern Archaeological Associates
  • Pre-Construct Archaeology Limited

As an archaeology student at Newcastle University you'll develop a wide range of transferable skills, due to the interdisciplinary and investigative nature of the subject, which are highly sought by employers.

Some students begin careers as professional archaeologists, while others enter the heritage sector. There are lots of opportunities to engage with employers prior to graduation.

Other archaeology graduates use their team-working, project management and analytical skills to work in other fields, for example as company archivists, information technologists, specialist librarians and researchers. These skills are especially valued in industries such as publishing, broadcasting and public relations. Some students become teachers, lawyers, or start their own businesses.

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Careers support

Our unique Heritage City website connects you with heritage projects and employers in the region.

Work placements are available as part of your degree, and there are many volunteering opportunities to enhance your CV.

Students in their second year can apply for funding to support their own research projects over the summer break.

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+ inititiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

ABB-BBB

International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

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Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£19200

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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