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VV41 - History and Archaeology

History and Archaeology

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: VV41
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020

This History and Archaeology degree will give you a unique insight into the human past, studying material culture alongside written history.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £19200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

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.

A student takes notes in the Great North Museum

Quality and ranking

  • 8th in the UK– The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • 9th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
  • top 150 – Archaeology category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • top 200 – Arts and Humanities category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018

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 changes 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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Foundational Fieldwork Training 0
Introduction to Archaeology 20
The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century 20
Varieties of History 20
Evidence and Argument 20
Optional Modules Credits
Stuff: living in a material world 20
Introduction to Archaeological Science 20
Prehistoric Britain 20
Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology 20
World Empires 20
European History 20
Aspects of British History 20
The History of the Americas 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.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Advanced Fieldwork Training 0
Fieldwork and Archaeological Practice 20
Optional Modules Credits
Archaeological Theory and Interpretation 20
Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology 20
Prehistoric Europe 20
Aegean Prehistory 20
Archaeologies of the Roman Empire: The Roman World from Augustus to Justinian 20
The Medieval World: AD 400-1500 20
Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492) 20
Artefacts 20
Fatal Allies: Anglo-Irish Relations, 1798-1998 20
Between Revolutions: Britain 1688-1789 20
Anglo-Saxon England: From Roman Britain to the Norman Conquest, 410 - 1066 20
Approaches to the History of Western Medicine 20
Twentieth Century Spain, 1898-2004 20
Pre-Columbian and Spanish America 20
Twentieth Century France 1914-95 20
Social Histories of Alcohol: Britain and Ireland, 1700 - Present 20
The Dark Ages: The Post-Roman World, 500-700 20
Death, Dying & the Dead in Early Modern England, 1500-1832 20
A History of Contemporary Britain 20
American Slavery, American Freedom: Black and White America in the Age of Revolutions 20
Society and Politics in Colonial India, 1880s-1947 20
Survey History of Japan 20
The History of New Orleans 20
Oral History and Memory 20
The Habsburg Empire 20
The Soviet Experiment: 1917-1991 20
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Egypt and Sudan 20
Greece from ancient times to the 21st century: Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the past 20
The History of Modern Germany, 1806 until today 20
Researching History 20
Aotearoa New Zealand: From acquisition to autonomy 20
Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 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.


Optional Modules Credits
Dissertation in Archaeology 40
Dissertation in Archaeology & History 40
Geoarchaeology 20
Early Medieval Britain 20
The Archaeology of Byzantium and its Neighbours 20
Frontier Communities of Roman Britain 20
Historical Archaeology of Britain 1500-Present 20
Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain in its European Context 20
The Archaeology of Animal Bones 20
Origins and Transformations: Early Prehistoric Europe 20
Sex, bodies and identities in Classical Greece 20
Semeser One Substitute for Stage 3 HIS Capped Special Subject 20
Semeser Two Substitute for Stage 3 HIS Capped Special Subject 20
Reading History 20
Writing History 40
History and Society 20
Elizabeth I: the Politics of Religion 20
China in Revolution 20
The Great Patriotic War and its Aftermath 20
The Nazi New Order in Europe 20
The American Civil War, 1861-1865 20
Madness, Nerves and Narratives in Georgian Britain, c. 1714-1830 20
The Irish Revolution, 1879-1923 20
Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1914 20
Living Together: Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Iberia 20
British Foreign Policy since Suez 20
Birth Control in the 19th & 20th Centuries 20
Jarrow Crusade 20
The Spanish Second Republic and Civil War, 1931-1939 20
Civil Rights and Armalites Northern Ireland since 1969 20
Civil Rights in America, 1948-1975 20
Royal Portraits: Christian Kings and Kingship, c. 870-c. 930 20
Viking-Age Scandinavia 20
Women in Colonial South Asia: Tradition, Reform and Modernity 20
Imagined Futures 20
Islamism and its Origins 20
God's Terrible Voice: the experience and impact of Plague in England, 1500 - 1722 20
Talking Cures and Troubles: An Oral History of Health and Medicine in Britain, c. 1948 - 2000 20
Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1798 20
Punishing the Criminal Dead: Crime, Culture, and Corpses in Modern Britain 20
Russian Cities and Culture from Peter the Great to the Revolution 20
Lunatic to Citizen? Madness and Society since 1900 20
Republicanism from Antiquity to Enlightenment 20
The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1961 - 1990 20
Health and disease in the Anthropocene: Intersections of human and environmental health post 1800 20
Our Visual Past: Ancient Rock Art in the UK and Internationally 20
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn from:

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

These activities take place in the classroom, the library, the field, the museum and the laboratory.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Presentations

  • Reports

Skills and experience

Practical skills 

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 of their first year, all archaeology students undertake two weeks of fully funded fieldwork at Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.

Research skills

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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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 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. 

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. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. 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, 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 

Find out more about the Special Collections


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.

Your future

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).

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Careers support

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

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

32 points

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. 

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 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students


International Students


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.

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.

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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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.

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