36 months
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22000 GBP/year
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About

This Archaeology - Palaeoecology and Geography course at Queen's University Belfast offers a Joint Honours degree programme examining the human past and the diverse environments human societies inhabit, from a scientific perspective, including the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in working with archaeological material and undertaking fieldwork.

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Overview

Archaeology explores a wide range of evidence that documents the human past – from artefacts, monuments and settlements to entire landscapes – and from these interprets how societies have adapted and developed. Modules focus on different periods of World, European and Irish/British archaeology, from human origins to modern times and heritage. Queen's University Belfast is one of the best places to study Archaeology in the UK, scoring third place for student experience in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and, once again, first place for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2022. 

Palaeoecology studies environmental evidence to assess the impact of natural events and human activities on landscapes, climate and changing environments. Modules examine themes such as ancient environments, evolution, economic and climate change. 

Geography embraces the study of human societies and their environment in the present and in the more recent past and, like Archaeology and Palaeoecology, is one of the few subjects in which human and physical aspects of the environment are integrated. 

The combined disciplines progressively develop general and specific knowledge and skills, through excavation, fieldwork, overseas fieldtrips, laboratory and practical work. A wide range of career options are available to our graduates including careers in commercial archaeology, survey, heritage management and many more, both within and beyond the heritage sector. 

As well as the Joint Honours BSc in Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography, Queen's offers Single Honours degrees in Archaeology (BA) and Archaeology-Palaeoecology (BSc) along with other degree programmes which combine Archaeology (the study of past human activities) with other subjects (Languages and History). All of those Single Honours and Joint Honours degrees offer a module pathway that is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK).

Career Prospects 

The Archaeology - Palaeoecology and Geography  course at Queen's University Belfast will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography. 

Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in archaeology and geography-related areas (town and country planning, environmental impact, Land and Property Services [formerly Ordnance Survey]) significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • All students normally take six courses per stage (a stage equals one academic year of full-time study), each covering a distinct theme. Single Honours students normally take at least five Archaeology/Palaeoecology courses. Students on Joint Honours degree programmes normally take three Archaeology/Palaeoecology courses, in addition to three courses from their second subject. 
  • Students enrolled on this programme have the opportunity to undertake an optional additional year of study, either between Stages 2 and 3 or after completing Stage 3, spent studying abroad or on a workplace placement. 
  • At the end of Stage 3, students with very good performance also have the opportunity to switch to our undergraduate Masters programme (MSci). In the MSci, Stage 4 courses enable students to deepen their theoretical knowledge, to gain additional practical experience and further to broaden their skills base.

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Credits

360 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A level requirements

  • BBB normally including A-level Geography + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
Irish leaving certificate requirements
  • H3H3H3H3H4H4/H3H3H3H3H3 normally including Higher Level grade H3 in Geography + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O4 in Mathematics
Access Course
  • Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 65% normally including 65% in relevant modules. GCSE Mathematics grade C/4 or equivalent in Access Course.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • 32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level (normally including Geography at Higher Level) + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4
  • Standard Level grade 4 would be acceptable in lieu of the GCSE requirement.
BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with overall grades DDD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 GLH at Level 3) with overall grades DDD + GCSE Mathematics grade C/4.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4630 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Northern Ireland (NI) £4,630
  • Republic of Ireland (ROI) £4,630
  • England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
  • EU Other £22,000
  • International £22,000

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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