Newcastle University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Archaeology (Research)

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Course summary

Through our MPhil and PhD in Archaeology you'll conduct original and advanced research into a specialist area of archaeology. Our Archaeology MPhil and PhD programmes are research degrees. They are conducted as supervised independent study and are assessed through a single written document that is supported with a viva voce examination. Both degrees involve the production of new knowledge through original research and advanced scholarship, exploring a field of academic study in detail. This involves detailed understanding of the methods, techniques and approaches needed to produce such knowledge, and the wider context of the subject of study. Our PhD students produce a thesis which includes material worthy of academic publication. A PhD qualification is usually necessary for an academic career involving post-doctoral research and/or lecturing. This is a perfect programme to advance your academic career in archaeology. You will also develop employability skills including:

  • project management
  • report writing
  • problem-solving
  • independent working
  • research
These programmes are based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. They cover a wide range of specialisms. Research supervision in a range of periods, regions and themes. Delivery and teaching methods You'll be guided by a team of two supervisors. The primary supervisor will meet with you at least 10 times a year and the secondary supervisor will attend at least three of these meetings. Placements Research projects may involve a period of professional placement or specific training in a partner institution. You'll need to discuss any work placement requirements with the degree programme director. We'll actively encourage you to make the most of work experience opportunities while you are studying with us. Possibilities vary from year to year, and in recent years most of our postgraduate students have participated in archaeological field projects run by us and partners in the UK and abroad. You could also gain experience through volunteering in the Great North Museum: Hancock, eg for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, or participating in educational outreach activities.

Course details

Assessment method

Assessment is by dissertation.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree and a Master's degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a related subject. We will give specific consideration to any independent research you do as part of your studies and/or appropriate professional experience. You must submit two letters of recommendation (obligatory) and a writing sample, such as a chapter from an MA dissertation or a published paper (optional). INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).


Fees and funding

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Archaeology at Newcastle University - UCAS