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About Archaeology at Newcastle University

The Archaeology MLitt gives you an opportunity to learn the latest research skills in archaeology. This research programme will prepare you for doctoral study and an academic career in archaeology, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

The Archaeology MLitt is based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and covers a wide range of specialisms. Research supervision is available in the following periods and regions:

Later Prehistory

  • Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in north-west Europe
  • Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain and north-west Europe
  • Copper and Bronze Age in Italy and the Mediterranean
  • Iron Age/Roman transition

Classical Archaeology

  • Roman Britain
  • Roman Europe and Mediterranean
  • Roman urbanism
  • Greek and Byzantine archaeology
  • The Roman/medieval transition

Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology 

  • Early medieval Britain and Europe
  • Byzantine archaeology
  • Medieval and post-medieval landscapes
  • Church archaeology, historic buildings
  • Post-medieval archaeology, colonialism, slavery

Thematic research is also strong at Newcastle and research supervision is available in the following areas of enquiry:

Bodies and Identity

  • Personhood and identity
  • The archaeology of the body and mortuary archaeology
  • Art and identity


  • Landscape archaeology
  • Ritual landscapes
  • Historic Landscape Characterisation

Material Culture

  • Ancient technology and economy
  • Ancient metallurgy
  • Artefact analysis and material culture studies

Profiles of our staff, who will supervise you, are available on the School website. You can also view our current postgraduate research projects and our recent postgraduate research projects.

Inter-disciplinary research is supported, and research projects can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, such as history, ancient history, classics, or fine art.


You will be guided by a team of two supervisors. The primary supervisor will meet with you at least 10 times a year and the secondary supervisor will attend at least three of these meetings.

You will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your supervisory team at the start of your studies to identify any skills that require further development to enable you to conduct your research. You can attend certain BA and MA modules relevant to your research topic with the agreement of the module leader, although you will not complete the associated assignments.

You will complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests. Your dissertation will be a sustained piece of original research consisting of between 16,000-24,000 words.

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Historic Environment Consultant, Researcher, Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coins

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

English Heritage, Ordnance Survey

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Historic Environment Consultant, Researcher, Curator of Iron Age and Roman Coins

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

English Heritage, Ordnance Survey

Data based on responses from 19 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying Archaeology. See more about what our graduates do.

Work experience

We will actively encourage you to make the most of work experience opportunities while you are studying with us. Possibilities vary from year to year, and in recent years most of our postgraduate students have participated in archaeological field projects run by us and partners in the UK and abroad.

You could also gain experience through volunteering in the Great North Museum: Hancock, eg for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, or participating in educational outreach activities.


Archaeologists at Newcastle benefit from exceptional facilities on campus including over 200 years of scholarship, libraries and archaeological collections built up by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, and the £26 million Great North Museum: Hancock. We hold internationally important collections of prehistoric, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval artefacts, meaning you will have access to one of finest archaeological collections in the UK.

We offer dedicated study spaces and computers, free printing and photocopying in the newly renovated Armstrong Building, and provide laptops for research trips.

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Notes about fees for this course

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline, or international equivalent.

International Students

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 5 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

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