Uncover the ancient world by combining both historical and archaeological approaches to studying the past. Our programme combines the best of both disciplines into one discrete programme.  

You will have the opportunity to study the ancient civilisations of Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, and prehistoric societies in the Mediterranean, Europe and Britain.  We place a distinctive emphasis on the combination of archaeological and historical approaches in the study of the ancient world, including modules in field archaeology, material culture studies and historical interpretation, with exciting opportunities for specialisation in Archaeology, Ancient History, or both disciplines. In addition to compulsory modules, the course offers flexibility to tailor your own degree from the variety of optional modules available.

In your first year, you will undertake a Field School on which you will gain core practical skills and first-hand knowledge of archaeological fieldwork methodology. In your second year, you will undertake a unique two-week Study Tour where you will develop a research project and travel with fellow students to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you. The University offers financial support for both of these invaluable learning experiences. 

Why Study this Course?

  • Taught by experts – Times Higher Education ranked the Department in the Top 5 in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. 
  • Excellent reputation – Archaeology is ranked within the Top 5 in the Complete University Guide, whilst Ancient History is ranked within the Top 10.
  • Study tour – Our unique two-week Study Tour gives you the opportunity to plan and undertake travel to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you.
  • Exceptional learning resources – You will have access to a range of learning resources including environmental and material culture teaching collections, the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Museum, and the Eton Myers Collection.
  • Field work opportunities – There are many opportunities to take part in field work and develop your practical archaeology experience. Recent digs include a middle-saxon site in nearby Shropshire and a long-term project to uncover an imperial palace in Carnuntum, Austria.

   

Institutional Accreditation 

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Archaeology and Ancient History

 

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U411

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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Department:

Newcastle Law School

First year

Compulsory modules

  • Rethinking the Ancient World A (10 credits)
  • Rethinking the Ancient World B (10 credits)
  • Project A (10 credits)
  • Project B (10 credits)
  • Understanding Archaeology (20 credits)
  • Practice of Archaeology (20 credits)

Optional modules

40 credits of Optional modules which must include one of The Greek World or The Roman World (20 credits each)

Second year

Compulsory modules

  • CAHA Study Tour (10+10 credits)
  • Research Seminar A and B (10+10 credits) 

Optional modules

80 credits of optional modules provided by the Department, including 40 credits of options from core subjects for an Archaeology and Ancient History degree.  You may also participate in the Year 2 Field School.

Year abroad

You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. 

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • CAHA Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Special Subject A and B (20+20 credits) 

Optional modules

40 credits of optional modules

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.

The skills of an historian in archaeology and ancient history – research, analysis, organisation, self-management and reasoning – are highly attractive to graduate employers. Graduates from BA Archaeology and Ancient History are capable of working independently and as part of a team, and eloquently articulate judgements and arguments, which makes them highly sought-after employees. For this reason, 90% of our graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).

You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of spheres, including:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Local government
  • Museums and charities
  • Cultural and heritage organisations

Therefore studying Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Newcastle opens doors to a wide range of  careers. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees.

 

Developing your career

Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

  • Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
  • Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
  • Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
  • Cultural Internships – our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Newcastle Museums and Art Gallery, Newcastle REP, Newcastle Royal Ballet, City of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Newcastle.

There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.