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Rank: 200 (The Complete University Guide)

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Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2019/01/09

Duration: -

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The Archaeology MLitt gives you an opportunity to learn the latest research skills in archaeology. This research programme will prepare you for doctoral study and an academic career in archaeology, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.

The Archaeology MLitt is based in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and covers a wide range of specialisms. Research supervision is available in the following periods and regions:

LATER PREHISTORY: Mesolithic/Neolithic transition in north-west Europe; Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Britain and north-west Europe; Copper and Bronze Age in Italy and the Mediterranean; Iron Age/Roman transition.

CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Roman Britain; Roman Europe and Mediterranean; Roman urbanism; Greek and Byzantine archaeology; The Roman/medieval transition.

MEDIEVAL AND POST-MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Early medieval Britain and Europe; Byzantine archaeology; Medieval and post-medieval landscapes; Church archaeology, historic buildings; Post-medieval archaeology, colonialism, slavery. Thematic research is also strong at Newcastle and research supervision is available in the following areas of enquiry:

BODIES AND IDENTITY: Personhood and identity; The archaeology of the body and mortuary archaeology; Art and identity.

LANDSCAPES: Landscape archaeology; Ritual landscapes; Historic Landscape Characterisation.

MATERIAL CULTURE: Ancient technology and economy; Ancient metallurgy; Artefact analysis and material culture studies. Profiles of our staff, who will supervise you, are available on the School website. You can also view our current postgraduate research projects and our recent postgraduate research projects. Inter-disciplinary research is supported, and research projects can be co-supervised by staff from other subject areas, such as history, ancient history, classics, or fine art.

DELIVERY: You will 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. You will undertake a Training Needs Analysis with your supervisory team at the start of your studies to identify any skills that require further development to enable you to conduct your research. You can attend certain BA and MA modules relevant to your research topic with the agreement of the module leader, although you will not complete the associated assignments. You will complete a number of detailed research assignments chosen according to your interests. Your dissertation will be a sustained piece of original research consisting of between 16,000-24,000 words.

WORK EXPERIENCE: We will 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.

FACILITIES: Archaeologists at Newcastle benefit from exceptional facilities on campus including over 200 years of scholarship, libraries and archaeological collections built up by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, and the £26 million Great North Museum: Hancock. We hold internationally important collections of prehistoric, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and medieval artefacts, meaning you will have access to one of finest archaeological collections in the UK.

We offer dedicated study spaces and computers, free printing and photocopying in the newly renovated Armstrong Building, and provide laptops for research trips.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or international equivalent.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: To study this course you need to meet our Band 5 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.


Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, or international equivalent.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS 6.5 (6.0 every band))

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for Newcastle University.

About this university

International students

Newcastle attracts students from over 120 countries worldwide and there is plenty of help and advice on hand to assist them in adapting to life in the UK. The university has a system where every student has a personal tutor to assist them in both academic and non-academic matters and there is also a Student Wellbeing Service for confidence advice and help. There is a Visa and Immigration Team on hand to deal with legal matters relating to these areas and a Student Advice Centre within the Student’s Union for information on matters such as housing and finances. Finally, towards the end of studying, there is a Careers Service to help students find work or further their education as required. The heart of student life outside the classroom in the university is the Newcastle University Students Union. Unlike many students unions, NUSU owns the building that it operates from, following an anonymous gift in 1924 that allowed them to build a neo-Jacobean style building. It is run by six sabbatical officers and employs some 300 people in roles such as bar staff and entertainment organisers. In the media, there is a student run newspaper, established in 1948, called The Courier as well as radio station. The university is one of the leading in the UK for its sports programs and there are more than 50 sports clubs to become involved with.

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