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Archaeology BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: V401
  • Full time
  • 3 years

Employ specialist methods to uncover the secrets of the human past by combining science with the humanities on our Archaeology BSc Honours degree.

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Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £22200

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: BBB
  • IB: 30 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

Our Archaeology BSc Honours degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK).

This course emphasises the use of archaeological sciences in both field and laboratory work. You'll become adept at using scientific techniques and develop a range of skills. You'll be ready for a career in the heritage sector, and beyond.

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

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 interests.

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Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


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. Course content may change 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.

We will introduce you to many archaeological techniques and approaches to understanding the past, from prehistory to the 21st century. This includes the module Introduction to Archaeological Science, which teaches you the basics of radiocarbon dating, osteology, and ancient DNA analyses among other techniques.

In the summer following your first year, you'll join our field school at Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. This is a two-week funded excavation experience.


Compulsory Modules Credits
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
Surveying and Mapping 20
Earth Observation 10
Fundamentals of Surveying I 10
Slavery 20
Global Middle Ages 20
Stuff: living in a material world 20
Global Ancient Histories 20
Earth System Science 10
Dynamic Earth 20
Genetics and Evolution 20
Diversity of Life: Form and Function 20

You will select modules that interest you the most from a greater range of options on topics like the archaeology of animal bones, geoarchaeology and ancient technologies.

You will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice while receiving guided supervision by an expert member of staff, recent dissertation topics have included: human environmental impacts and the experimental reproduction of ancient tools.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Dissertation in Archaeological Science 40
Optional Modules Credits
Archaeologies of the Middle Sea: An Armchair Voyage Across the Prehistoric Mediterranean 20
Regionality and the Fall of Rome 20
Early Prehistoric Europe: Origins and transformations 20
Sex, bodies and identities in Classical Greece 20
How To Survive The Apocalypse: Recreating Ancient Technology from Scratch 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.


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 a study abroad 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, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement 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


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.


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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Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

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Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 3 years

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International students

full time 3 years

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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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