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Archaeology FAQs

Not quite sure if Archaeology is the right degree for you? Love history but not sure which of our many degrees to pick? We know choosing your degree is a big decision so here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Archaeology at Newcastle University

Will I get to go on any archaeological digs?

Yes. We guarantee you a minimum of four weeks of fieldwork on University-run digs in your first two years. You’ll receive expert tuition from professional archaeologists in skills such as surveying and excavation techniques, and recording and analysing sites and finds.

It’s a great way to get hands on with history.

What skills will I develop?

We offer fantastic facilities and opportunities to help you develop a wealth of practical skills. You’ll learn excavation techniques on digs and experience artifact analysis and handling in our on-campus lab and museum.

You’ll also develop transferable graduate skills that are highly valued by employers, such as research and report-writing; effective team work and collaboration; and working to deadlines.

What careers can it lead to?

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. You’ll be well equipped to work as a professional archaeologist or historian with organisations like English Heritage; in the museum sector; and in local authority planning offices.

You’ll also be eligible for the wide variety of desirable graduate roles that do not require a specific degree specialisation, including media and publishing or business and marketing.

Can I study abroad?

Yes. As well as having the chance to go abroad on some of our digs, you can also apply to spend a year studying abroad in Europe as part of the Erasmus Exchange programme, or further afield through a Non-EU Exchange.

How is the course taught?

We use a mix of workshops, lectures and research seminars. We also expect you to conduct your own self-guided study in your free time, using our on-campus resources like our award-winning Library Service and the Great North Museum. If you look online, you’ll find details of the modules currently on offer and how they are taught.

Is it friendly here?

We’re a very friendly university and city. You’ll have lots of opportunities to make friends and joins clubs and societies that interest you. We give you lots of support to settle in and you’ll have a personal tutor that you can talk to if you have any problems.

If you think this sounds like you – getting hands on with history, learning about the past and developing transferable skills for a wide range of careers – then check out our detailed degree information.

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