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.
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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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
Quality and ranking
- 8th in the UK– The Guardian University Guide 2020
- top 100 – Archaeology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- top 175 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
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 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.
|Foundational Fieldwork Training||0|
|Introduction to Archaeology||20|
|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.
- Archaeological Theory and Interpretation
- Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
- Prehistoric Europe
- Aegean Prehistory
- The Medieval World: AD 400-1500
- Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian
- Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492)
- Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917)
- Drinking Histories: British, Irish and imperial society and alcohol, c. 1750 – the present
- Oral history and memory
- Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past
- 1968: A Global Moment?
- Prayer, Poetry and Travel: Communication in the Medieval World
- A History of Radical vs Conservative Thought, 1640-1917
- Contesting Reproductive Rights in the UK and Ireland
- Crafting History: The Dissertation Proposal
- Disability Histories: War and its Aftermath on Minds and Bodies in Russia and the United States
- Hunger, Death, and Politics: Famines in History
- Germany and Central Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- History and Film: Representing the Past
- Ideas and Belief in Medieval and Early Modern East Asia
- Land and Society in the USA, Ireland and Scotland, c. 1840-1922
- Modern Times: The History of Interwar Europe, 1918-1939
- The Reformation World: Europe and America, 1450-1650
- The Sea In History
- War, Revolution and Union in 17th-century Britain: the Stuart Ordeal
- Violence and Non-Violence in the American South
- Researching History
- Postwar Societies: Restitution, Reconstruction, and Trauma in Europe and Asia after 1945
- Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability
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
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.
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I chose to study at Newcastle because I loved the breadth of choice within my course and fell in love with the city when I first arrived on Open Day.
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. 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.
93% of graduates from our History and Archaeology BA Honours degree were in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*.
Many of our graduates choose to pursue a career in the heritage sector or become professional archaeologists.
*Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
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.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 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 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
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.
We will be holding a virtual event on:
• Saturday 19 September
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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