Our Archaeology & Ancient History and History degree is taught in an intellectually challenging and stimulating environment, focused on ensuring you are a fully supported and active learner.

You will explore the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Western Asia, Greece and Rome, the prehistoric and historic societies of Europe and Britain though to the Middle Ages, and then follow events around the world almost to the present day. You will have the chance to investigate unfamiliar territory and to question some of the myths, preconceptions and prejudices that surround the three disciplines. By interpreting historical and archaeological evidence together, you can build a rounded picture of the life and culture of these societies.  

You will be taught by ancient historians specialising in the period, archaeologists whose expertise covers north-west Europe, Classical Greek and Roman societies, early medieval states in Europe and the Mediterranean and historians whose interests are global in cultural, social, diplomatic, military, political, economic or religious history.

We place a distinctive emphasis on the combination of archaeological and historical approaches in the study of the ancient world, and the range of expertise available across the three disciplines ensures that a wide choice of periods, countries and cultures may be studied

Why Study this Course?

  • Breadth of expertise – While many Ancient History programmes focus on Greece and Rome, at Newcastle you will have the opportunity to study the Near East in equal measure.
  • Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds at Newcastle. Times Higher Education ranked the Department of History 1st in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise, while the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology ranked in the Top 5.
  • 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; the Eton Myers Collection; and the Danford Collection of African Art and artefacts.
  • Flexibility – You will be able to specialise as you progress, culminating in a final year dissertation that allows you to carry out in-depth research into topics of your choice.
  • Be a part of an exciting department – You will join a lively environment with many opportunities to enhance your student experience, including the highly active Newcastle Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology Society (BACAS), which organises events such as film nights and museum trips throughout the academic year.

Institutional Accreditation 

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 & Ancient History and History


Course Level:

Undergraduate, Joint Honours combined





How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

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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.


First year

Archaeology & Ancient History compulsory modules

  • Project A (10 credits)
  • Project B (10 credits)

Optional modules

  • 40 credits of Archaeology and Ancient History optional modules

History compulsory modules

  • Practising History A: Skills in History (10 credits)
  • Practising History B: Approaches to History (10 credits)

Choose one of these two modules:

  • Discovering the Middle Ages (20 credits)
  • The Making of the Modern World 1500-1800 (20 credits)

Choose one of the following 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)

*please note numbers on these modules may be capped

Second year

Archaeology & Ancient History

  • 80 credits – optional modules
  • 60 credits – optional modules
  • 40 credits – optional modules


  • 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 

Final year

Archaeology & Ancient History

  • 80 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional modules, including Greek, Latin, Akkadian or Egyptian Language at appropriate level
  • 60 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional modules, including Greek, Latin, Akkadian or Egyptian Language at appropriate level
  • 40 credits – Dissertation or Extended Essay; optional module, including Greek, Latin, Akkadian or Egyptian Language at appropriate level


  • 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

Joint Honours students taking a Special Subject can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation.


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)


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.

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