Masters degrees in History & Archaeology train students to uncover and understand the human past. They explore a range of records and physical materials in order to reconstruct past experiences and events and to examine their legacies in the present.
A range of specialisms are available, with programmes focussing on the history and archaeology of different periods or regions. Other degrees explore specific topics such as Military History, Social History or Intellectual History.
Taught courses tend to award an MA, though some MSc programmes are offered in technical branches of Archaeology. Research programmes are also available with the opportunity to carry out exciting archival- or field-work.
Masters degrees in History aren't just for budding historians – and a Masters in Archaeology won’t necessarily mean you belong in a museum.
Many History postgraduates go on to make professional use of their specialist period knowledge, as broadcasters, journalists or curators. Others draw on their degree more broadly. After all, understanding how the past informs the present is crucial to politics, law and international diplomacy.
Archaeology qualifications also develop a range of transferrable sills in addition to their obvious applications. You’ll be equipped for careers in a surprising number of fields ranging from heritage management to urban development and planning – after all, everything new is built on top of something older.
Finally, the technical skills gained within this discipline are highly transferable. Your programme will make you an expert in bringing together information from different sources and resources, analysing it effectively and presenting your findings clearly and coherently - skills that are as valuable in the boardroom as they are in the archive.
Information in these tables is based on the 2014/15 publication of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal Survey, produced by the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency. Data is given for graduates of UK Masters degrees and other level 7 postgraduate courses, after 3.5 years. Some figures have been rounded.
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.
The Archaeology MA has five specialist pathways and a generic route to suit your individual needs, background and career aspirations:
Newcastle University has a long and distinguished history of archaeology, including:
We have access to some of the finest collections of archaeological artefacts in Great Britain in the on-campus Great North Museum: Hancock.
We provide quality teaching 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 interpretive approaches 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:
Throughout the course you'll have opportunities to engage and learn about our innovative research. We have an extensive programme of invited speakers 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 academic career with a PhD in archaeology.
The North East has an outstanding prehistoric, Roman and medieval heritage. We take full advantage of this through regular study trips and fieldwork. You can also take optional modules with field trips to:
The tuition of these trips is included in your course fees. 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 working week. Some field trips 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 independent study.
There are many opportunities for you to gain archaeological experience outside your course. We'll encourage you to gain this experience whilst part of our archaeology community.
Staff carry out a wide range of archaeological projects. Most of our students participate in projects run in Newcastle and by partners in the UK and overseas.
Archaeologists have exceptional facilities on campus. This includes over 200 years of scholarship, libraries and archaeological collections built up by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle and the Great North Museum: Hancock.
You'll have access to one of finest archaeological collections in the UK. You can access the following internationally important collections:
You'll be based in the recently renovated Armstrong Building. It has:
You'll also get a personal research allowance and an interlibrary loan allowance to support your studies.