Ancient History and Archaeology BA (Hons)

Course Overview

This degree combines the study of ancient Greece and Rome with practical skill development in archaeological theory and techniques.

At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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Fascinating modules - such as Greek and Roman art, Hellenistic imperial history, and ancient moral philosophy - immerse you in ancient history.

You can also study Latin or Greek language from beginners', intermediate or advanced level.

You will learn to interpret the remains of ancient societies and gain the same practical training in archaeology as our Single Honours Archaeology students.

Your hands-on experience includes:

  • minimum of four weeks' excavation fieldwork, studying methods and practical skills used in professional archaeology
  • practical sessions using historical artefacts from the collections at the University-led Great North Museum

Highlights of this degree

Quality and ranking

Quality and ranking

Archaeology at Newcastle achieved a very impressive overall satisfaction score of 98% in the National Student Survey 2016, ranking us 3rd in the UK.

We rank in the top ten in the UK for Archaeology in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017.

Fieldwork and practical skills

Fieldwork and practical skills

Practical skills

Training in practical skills forms an important part of your degree, equipping you with the field skills required by professional archaeologists. You will receive training in:

  • fieldwork methods
  • artefact handling
  • archaeological recording techniques


You complete a minimum of four weeks' field placement on an approved project in the summer vacations at the end of Stages 1 and 2.

Find out more about the fieldwork opportunities available at Newcastle on the School of History, Classics and Archaeology's website

Other opportunities

You'll have opportunities to develop work-related skills thanks to our very close links with local heritage organisations throughout the region, including:

  • our unique Heritage City website, which helps you find opportunities to work alongside professional archaeologists in Newcastle
  • volunteering opportunities with heritage organisations in the North East
  • work experience in a museum or other heritage organisation, which may be possible in Stage 2

Historically rich location

Historically rich location

There can be no better place to study history and archaeology than in the North East of England, home to one of the highest concentrations of World Heritage Sites.

Follow in Hadrian's footsteps and retrace the Romans' campaigns in Britain; venture into the past before history in prehistoric landscapes rich in rock art, burial cairns, hillforts and other monuments; or encounter the Golden Age of the Venerable Bede.

We organise regular one-day study visits and field trips across the archaeological landscape of northern England, including:

  • Vindolanda
  • Housesteads
  • Chesters
  • Corbridge

Study abroad

Study abroad

Studying abroad as part of your degree is a fun, challenging experience that will broaden your cultural horizons.

It will increase your employability and help you acquire a range of practical life skills. It's also a chance to improve your language skills and develop an international network of friends.

UK and EU students have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad exchange in either Stage 2 or Stage 3.

You can study in a European country, including:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Slovenia

You can also choose to study in a non-European country, such as Australia, the USA or Hong Kong.

Facilities and support

Study at Newcastle and you will join a community of professionals, academics and students in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.


Facilities include a dedicated archaeology laboratory with petrology microscopes and stereo-microscopes for artefact analysis, and permanent collections including human remains, animal bones, Roman pottery and our Victorian household collection.

There's also the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies, delivering professional training in handling artefacts, and extensive collections in the University-led Great North Museum adjacent to campus.


You'll be supported throughout the degree by a personal tutor

BA (Hons) Award
Study Mode
3 years Duration
VV14 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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