This three-year degree focuses on developing your expertise as a historian, while equipping you with the skills you need to become a professional archaeologist.
You're introduced to new peoples, places and periods from across the globe, and you'll explore how archaeology has changed our understanding of the past.
Our flexible degree allows you to tailor your course to suit your interests, so you can explore the periods and regions that excite you through a wide range of modules.
You'll also be able to explore North East England, a region that's steeped in history while on field trips. There's a rich past to discover here.
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.
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Quality and ranking
- Top 100 for Archeology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- Top 150 for Arts and Humanities – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- Top 200 for History - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 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'll learn the essential theories, methods and practical skills used in archaeology.
You will take the History module ‘Evidence and Argument’ and select options in, Public History, or Historical Sources and Methods. At the end of Year 1 you complete at least two weeks’ excavation fieldwork.
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|The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century||20|
|Evidence and Argument||20|
You continue to explore archaeological methods, and choose from options in both history and archaeology. Many of these complement each other: you can choose to study the medieval world, through modules in both disciplines.
You will also complete two weeks of fieldwork at the end of Year 2.
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|Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice||20|
In Stage 3, you'll complete a dissertation in archaeology, history or a combination of both, conducting in-depth research.
You will have a choice of optional modules, which complement each other. You can choose to study the Archaeology of Britain after 1500, alongside history options on Elizabeth I, and the Georgian period.
- Dissertation in Archaeology
- Dissertation in Archaeology and History
- Writing History
- Early Medieval Britain
- The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours
- Frontier Communities of Roman Britain
- Historical Archaeology of Britain 1500-Present
- Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain
- The Archaeology of Animal Bones
- Origins and Transformations: Early Prehistoric Europe
- Sex, bodies and identities in Classical Greece
- Elizabeth I: the Politics of Religion
- China in Revolution
- The Great Patriotic War and its Aftermath
- The Nazi New Order in Europe
- The American Civil War, 1861-1865
- Madness, Nerves and Narratives in Georgian Britain, c. 1714-1830
- The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923
- Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1914
- Living Together: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Iberia
- British Foreign Policy since Suez
- Birth Control in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
- May 1968
- The Spanish Second Republic and Civil War, 1931-1939
- Civil Rights and Armalites: Northern Ireland since 1969
- Civil Rights in America, 1948-1975
- The Mexican Revolution
- Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c. 870-c. 930
- Viking-Age Scandinavia
- Women in Colonial South Asia: Tradition, Reform and Modernity
- Imagined Futures
- Islamism and its Origins
- God's Terrible Voice: the experience and impact of Plague in England, 1500 – 1722
- Talking Cures and Troubles: An Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, c. 1948 – 2000
- Punishing the Criminal Dead: Crime, culture and corpses in Modern Britain
- Russian Cities and Culture from Peter the Great to the Revolution
- Lunatic to Citizen? Madness and Society since 1900
- The Reluctant Republic
- The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall
- Reading History
- Public History: History and Society
- Our Visual Past: Ancient Rock Art in the UK and Internationally
- Career Development for Final Year Students
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn from:
- practical activities
- site visits and fieldwork training
- independent study
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You will analyse documentary sources and take part in practical sessions using the Robinson Library’s Special Collections, and have opportunities to handle historical artefacts from the nearby Great North Museum's collections.
You'll also undertake excavation fieldwork, giving you the chance to study and implement the methods and practices used in the profession.
In the summer after first year, archaeology students have the opportunity to undertake two weeks of fully funded fieldwork at Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.
In your final year, you'll write your dissertation in an area of your choice. You can choose to specialise more closely in archaeology or history, or can combine the two.
You'll make use of the skills you've gained throughout your degree, and conduct your own research project in your final year. This gives you the chance to dig deeper into a subject you're interested in.
You'll also have the opportunity to apply for summer vacation scholarships in your second year, and receive funding to conduct a research project.
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 can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
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.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, in the historic Armstrong Building at our city-centre campus.
You'll have access to a range of on-campus facilities, including:
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, with its Antiquarian Library and range of artefacts
- the Special Collections in the Robinson Library
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
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 History and Archaeology degree will set you up to pursue a future in the museums, archives and heritage sector or to start a career as a professional archaeologist.
Many of our graduates choose to pursue a career in the heritage sector or become professional archaeologists.
Make a difference
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 2022 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
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. 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.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
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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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
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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
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
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