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VV14 - Ancient History and Archaeology

Ancient History and Archaeology

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: VV14
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

Uncover the history, culture and philosophies of ancient Greece and Rome, along with the archaeological theories and techniques used to interpret what remains of these societies, while studying among rich local history on the edge of the Roman Empire.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

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.

Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

Quality and ranking

  • top 100 – Archaeology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
  • 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 have the opportunity to complete two weeks of funded fieldwork on Hadrian's Wall.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Foundational Fieldwork Training 0
Introduction to Archaeology 20
The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century 20
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Archaeological Science 20
Prehistoric Britain 20
Life and Literature in the Roman Republic 20
Tragedy, Comedy, History: The World of Greek Literature 20
How Should I Live? An Introduction to Ancient Philosophy 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 1 20
Beginners' Greek in Action 2 20
West meets East: Greek History and Society 20
The Roman world from Romulus to Heraclius: history and culture from 753 BC to AD 641 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 1 20
Beginners' Latin in Action 2 20
Slavery 20
Big History: From the Big Bang to Climate change 20
Stuff: living in a material world 20
Global Ancient Histories 20

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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced Fieldwork Training 0
Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice 20
Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian 20
Optional Modules Credits
Archaeological Theory and Interpretation 20
Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 20
Prehistoric Europe 20
The Medieval World: AD 400-1500 20
Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492) 20
Cold Case: Archaeological Science in Action 20
Hellenistic Empires from Alexander to Cleopatra 20
Caesar's Gift: Rome under the Emperors 20
Greek and Roman Religions 20
Slavery in Greco-Roman antiquity 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn from:

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

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Assignments – written or fieldwork

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills

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 gain excavation experience working along Hadrian's Wall, with further fieldwork opportunities elsewhere in the UK or abroad.

Research skills

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. 

Chat to a student

I chose to study at Newcastle as the course involved a lot of practical skills as well as interesting topics. The lecturers are all extremely passionate about their subject and are always willing to help further my interest in Archaeology.

Sarah, Ancient History and Archaeology student


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. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

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 Philip Robinson University Library, which houses over 800,000 books and provides access to ca. 1.8m e-books
  • the Library of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle

You'll also have access to our on-campus Great North Museum. This houses an extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artefacts, including:

  • the Shefton collection of Greek Art and Archaeology
  • an impressive coin collection
  • material from Late Period Egypt


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

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.

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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+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

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.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes 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. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

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 2022 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.

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.

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.

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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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
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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.

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