v401 - Archaeology BSc

Archaeology BSc Honours

UCAS Code: V401 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree inspires you to explore the human past and the ways in which archaeologists investigate and interpret material remains, with an emphasis on the ways in which archaeologists use science to study the past.

Students on international archaeology trip

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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This degree runs alongside the BA Archaeology, with a greater emphasis on scientific methods in archaeology, including laboratory-based research for the dissertation project.

You'll enjoy hands-on experience of human history, with many chances to work directly with artefacts and take part in fieldwork:

  • minimum of four weeks' excavation fieldwork
  • artefact handling at the University-led Great North Museum
  • a wide range of field trips in our historically rich region

You can choose to study the periods of history that interest you the most, from prehistory right up to the present day.

In Stage 1 we place a strong emphasis on the archaeology of Britain, from the Stone Age to the recent past.

Later, we extend the geographical range of your studies to the rest of Europe and beyond.

Highlights of this degree

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Related Degrees

  • Archaeology BA Honours

    This degree inspires you to explore the human past and the ways in which archaeologists investigate and interpret material remains from past cultures.

  • History and Archaeology BA Honours

    This degree combines the study of both historical documents and archaeological remains to understand how past communities lived.

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Course Details

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You also take a fieldwork module over the summer.

Optional modules

You take an additional 40 credits, chosen from the following:

* Pre-requisite GCSE Maths B or above

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You also take a fieldwork module over the summer.

Optional modules

You choose three modules from the following list:

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. It isn't available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory module

Optional modules

You choose two modules from the following list:

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our 2018 Admissions Policy (PDF: 185 KB).

See further policies related to admission.


Archaeology careers

Archaeology students enter a wide range of careers. The graduate job market includes careers in finance, marketing, administration, the media, management and teaching and is as open to archaeologists as to any other graduates. Employers appreciate the combination of transferable skills which our degrees give you.

Some of our students continue as professional archaeologists or historians with organisations such as English Heritage, or within public and private museums and local authority planning offices.

Postgraduate courses cater for those wishing to specialise in various types of archaeological or historical work and these include opportunities for professional training and study in museum and heritage work.

In addition, many graduates volunteer in museums or on excavations in the UK or abroad to increase their practical experience before taking up permanent employment.

Other archaeology graduates use their skills and expertise as company archivists, information technologists and specialist librarians and researchers. Our graduates also enter industries such as publishing, broadcasting and public relations.

Find out more about the career options for Archaeology from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding



Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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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.

Making your application

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Application decisions and enquiries

Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.