vv41 - History and Archaeology BA

History and Archaeology BA Honours

UCAS Code: VV41 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of both historical documents and archaeological remains to understand how past communities lived.

A student works on excavation as part of fieldwork. The practical aspect of this course gives hands-on experience in fieldwork methods, artefact handling and archaeological recording techniques.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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In order to ensure we keep our courses fresh, exciting, and reflective of the latest research developments, we regularly review and update our course content and structure. Full details of our BA History and Archaeology for students beginning in 2020 will be available on our website in October 2019. 

We focus principally on the period from the Romans to the present day, with modules spanning centuries and continents, giving you flexibility to tailor your degree to your interests.

You begin with the study of Roman, Saxon, Viking, medieval and post-medieval Britain, before exploring European archaeology.

Optional modules in areas such as the history of North America, Mexico, East Asia and Russia are also available.

You'll gain hands-on experience of the past through a minimum of four weeks' excavation fieldwork in your first two years, plus artefact handling at the University-led Great North Museum.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select one or two of the modules below:

If only one module is selected from the above list then you will take one other open elective module. The following is recommended:


At the end of Stage 1 you complete at least two weeks of excavation fieldwork and the following compulsory module:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You must take four, and may take five, of the following modules, choosing at least two modules from History and at least one from Archaeology:

Archaeology modules:

History modules:

* This module is for students intending to undertake HIS3020 Writing History at Stage 3.

If only four modules have been selected from the above list, you must take one further 20 credit open elective module. The following is recommended:


At the end of Stage 2 you complete a further two weeks of fieldwork and the following compulsory module:

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 about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

You choose one of the following compulsory modules:

Optional modules

You choose three, and may take four modules from the following lists. At least 40 credits of Archaeology modules (ARA) and 40 credits of History modules (HIS) must be taken each year. Only one History (HIS) module can be selected in each semester.

Archaeology modules:

History modules:

If only three modules have been selected from the lists above, one additional 20 credit optional module may be selected. The following are recommended choices:

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    History and Archaeology careers

    Archaeology students enter a wide range of careers. The graduate job market includes careers in:

    • finance
    • marketing
    • administration
    • the media
    • management
    • 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, for example, company archivists, information technologists, specialist librarians and researchers, and in a variety of industries including publishing, broadcasting and public relations.

    Find out more about the career options for History and 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.

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