Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. If you want to understand the past to prepare for your future in a changing world, studying History is the way forward.
Staff at Newcastle teaching in both Anthropology and History have an outstanding international reputation for excellence in both teaching and research, providing you with valuable skills in analysis, research, reasoning, time-management and being able to present yourself confidently orally and in writing.
This degree aims to cover modern, early modern and medieval Britain, Europe and the wider world alongside the critical, comparative perspective offered by anthropology. Whatever your interests – whether global, cultural, social, military, diplomatic, political, economic, military or religious history – there is someone in the department teaching your kind of history. Moreover, historians in other departments in the University expand the range of courses on offer, notably in the fields of Byzantine and African history. After a thorough grounding of modules in the first year, we offer a wide range of optional modules in subsequent years, culminating in a final year dissertation.
Why Study this Course?
- Excellent reputation – Anthropology is ranked 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2020, whilst History is ranked in the Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
- Outstanding development – You will benefit from an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment for your undergraduate studies, focused on ensuring you are a fully supported and active learner. Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development; a balance that’s highly sought after by employers in today’s intellectual and creative industries.
- Student Experience – Over 91% of our students agree that academic staff are good at explaining things and made the subject interesting (NSS 2018).
- Wide module choice – Our wide variety of History and Anthropology modules are very flexible, allowing you to specialise more and more as you progress.
- Unique expertise – The Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Newcastle has over 50 years of expertise in teaching and research in this fascinating area.
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 Anthropology and History
- Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 Year)
Distance learning/ Campus
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Joint Honours flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.
Anthropology compulsory modules
- Studying Societies (Anthropology) (10 credits)
- Anthropology and its Regions (10 credits)
- Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits)
- Anthropology of Africa (20 credits)
History Compulsory modules
- Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
- Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)
Choose one out of these two modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits)
Choose one out of these four modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages (20 credits)
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present (20 credits)
- War and Society* (20 credits)
- United States History 1865-2000* (20 credits)
- 80 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice; optional modules
- 60 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice; optional module
- 40 credits – Theory and Ethnography; Research in Practice
- 80 credits – Group Research; History Option A and B; choose from either History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods or *Professional Skills *please note: places on this module are limited
- 60 credits – Group Research; History Option; choose from either History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods or *Professional Skills *please note: places on this module are limited
- 40 credits – Group Research; History Option
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.
- 80 credits – Dissertation; optional modules
- 60 credits – Dissertation; optional module
- 40 credits – optional modules
- 80 credits – either Special Subject A and B or History Dissertation; History Advanced Option A and B
- 60 credits – either Special Subject A and B or History Dissertation; History Advanced Option
- 40 credits – either Special Subject A and B or History Dissertation
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.
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USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)
International students starting 2019/20 (per year)
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 ancient historian – research, analysis, organisation, self-management and reasoning – are highly attractive to graduate employers. Our Ancient History graduates are capable of working independently and as part of a team, and can eloquently articulate judgements and arguments, which makes them highly sought-after employees.
Graduates in Ancient History have excellent employment prospects with 95% of graduates entering work and/or study six months after graduation (DLHE 2017).
You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:
- Local government
- Museums and charities
- Cultural and heritage organisations
Therefore, studying 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, Newcatle 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.