The Archaeology MA inspires you to think about the human past from a variety of thematic and analytical perspectives. Newcastle is surrounded by world-class prehistoric, Roman and medieval heritage. We make full use of our rich archaeological landscape with regular study trips and fieldwork.
We have access to some of the finestcollections of archaeological artefacts in GreatBritain in the on-campus Great North Museum: Hancock.
We provide qualityteaching in small groups. This means you'll reach a level of familiarity with artefacts that most students can only dream of.
We have a range of period-based, practical and theoretical modules available. Our modules will give you an understanding of the interpretiveapproaches that archaeologists adopt. They will also help you understand the methodologies and sources available during your investigations.
You can develop a range of advanced practical skills in:
artefact analysis, including metallography and use-wear analysis
archaeological surveying, including topographical, buildings and geophysical survey
Throughout the course you'll have opportunities to engage and learn about our innovative research. We have an extensive programme of invitedspeakers organised by our research groups. Our Postgraduate Forum also has a seminar series, annual conference and e-journal.
The Archaeology MA provides you with outstanding skills and the ability to enter a range of professions. You will gain advanced skills in literacy, research and project management. You could also choose to continue your academiccareer with a PhD in archaeology.
The North East has an outstandingprehistoric, Roman and medieval heritage. We take full advantage of this through regular studytrips and fieldwork. You can also take optional modules with field trips to:
The tuition of these trips is included in your coursefees. If you select a module with an overseas trip you should budget about £450 to cover your flights and accommodation.
All campus-based teaching takes place during the workingweek. Some fieldtrips take place during holidays and weekends, depending on the modules taken.
Contact and independent study times vary depending on the module and time of year.
Semesters one and two: You typically attend between 6 - 15 hours of teaching per week. The remaining hours of a standard week are for independentstudy.
There are many opportunities for you to gain archaeologicalexperience outside your course. We'll encourage you to gain this experience whilst part of our archaeology community.
Staff carry out a wide range of archaeologicalprojects. Most of our students participate in projects run in Newcastle and by partners in the UK and overseas.