Immerse yourself in ancient history and archaeology on our joint honours degree. Learn Latin and Ancient Greek from beginners' or advanced level, and gain the skills you need to become a professional archaeologist and researcher.
Explore the Greek and Roman worlds and piece together their history using diverse types of evidence. From analysing ancient texts to studying material remains, you’ll explore areas such as architecture, sculpture, pottery and coins ensuring you develop a broad range of knowledge.
Our classroom extends beyond the University, to the region's diverse heritage: from Hadrian's Wall to Bamburgh Castle on the Northumbrian coast, there's a rich past to discover on our doorstep.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
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Quality and ranking
- top 100 – Archaeology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- top 150 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021
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.
You will receive the same introduction to archaeology as our single honours students, but focus on classical art and archaeology. Choose from Ancient History and Classics options, like Greek Literature, Ancient Moral Philosophy or Roman History and Culture.
In the summer, you'll complete two weeks of funded fieldwork on Hadrian's Wall.
Your studies will expand geographically through a module on the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, with options that might take you to the prehistoric Aegean, or Rome under the Emperors. You can also pick thematic modules on slavery or religion.
You'll complete a further two weeks of funded fieldwork choosing from our projects in the UK or abroad.
Your final year allows you to follow options that interest you most, whether that's Roman Frontiers or Alexander the Great. You'll complete a dissertation on your topic of choice under supervision of an expert member of staff.
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Teaching and assessment
You'll be taught through a dynamic range of methods and activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical activities, site visits, fieldwork training and independent study. These activities take place in the classroom, library, field, museum and laboratory.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Practical experience forms a key part of this investigative and interdisciplinary degree. You'll gain hands-on experience handling artefacts from our on-campus Great North Museum.
You'll also gain excavation experience working along Hadrian's Wall in your first year, with further fieldwork opportunities elsewhere in the UK or abroad later in your degree.
You'll have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to spend the summer after your second year working alongside staff on your own research project.
In your final year, you'll write a dissertation on on a topic of your choosing, using skills you have developed during your degree. You'll hone your investigative skills, undertaking independent research, with access to extensive resources, archives and special collections.
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I chose Newcastle University because they offered a fantastic selection of modules on different aspects of ancient and prehistory. The lecturers have a wealth of experience in their fields and are always willing to sit down and offer advice.
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.
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. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, located at the heart of campus in the historic Armstrong Building. Here you'll have access to excellent study resources including:
- the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies
- a range of other specialist facilities and archives
- the antiquarian library
- the on-campus Great North Museum, with enormous collections of Greek and Roman artefacts, including the Shefton collection on Greek Art
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.
Our Ancient History and Archaeology degree will set you up to start a career as a professional archaeologist or to pursue a future in museum and heritage work.
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.
Make a difference
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+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria.
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.
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 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.
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.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
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.Apply through UCAS
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