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Students
Tuition Fee
USD 27,720
Per year
Start Date
2024-09-16
Medium of studying
On campus
Duration
Not Available
Program Facts
Program Details
Degree
Bachelors
Major
Archaeology | Classics | Geology
Discipline
Humanities | Science
Minor
Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Archaeology | Geospatial Analysis | Archaeology and Ancient Studies
Education type
On campus
Timing
Full time
Course Language
English
Tuition Fee
Average International Tuition Fee
USD 27,720
Intakes
Program start dateApplication deadline
2023-09-18-
2024-09-16-
About Program

Program Overview


This course 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.

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).

Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography Degree highlights





Global Opportunities

  • Students on this programme benefit from a broad range of study-abroad and international placement opportunites, e.g. in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain.
  • Students are also eligible to apply to the University’s Study USA and Study China programmes.

    http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/GlobalOpportunities/




  • World Class Facilities

  • The School boasts the internationally renowned 14CHRONO Centre for Radiocarbon Dating, the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, departmental collections and laboratories for study of artefacts, human, animal and plant remains and other scientific materials and instruments, access to GIS, laser scanning and specialist teaching laboratories.
  • The University’s McClay Library holds one of the most comprehensive collections of resources on Irish, British, European and World Archaeology in Ireland and the UK, and provides state-of-the-art study facilities. The McClay Library also holds a wide collection of resources for the study of Palaeoecology, Physical and Human Geography.

    https://www.qub.ac.uk/about/Campus-and-facilities/The-McClay-Library/




  • Internationally Renowned Experts

  • On this programme you will be taught by academics who are internationally renowned experts at the top of their respective fields.




  • Student Experience

  • Archaeology at Queen’s stands out for its sustained excellent teaching record, having scored 95% overall student satisfaction in the UK National Student Surveys 2019 and 2021, and 100% overall student satisfaction in the UK National Student Surveys 2017, 2018 and 2020.
  • 3rd place for Student Experience (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022).
  • 1st place for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022).
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    Program Outline

    Course Structure

    Introduction 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.

    Note: some modules may be subject to change

    Stage 1 Themes covered in Stage 1 include an introduction to world archaeology, environmental change as well as principles and processes of physical geography.
    Stage 1 Optional Courses Optional courses at Stage 1 explore, amongst other themes, European prehistory, human geography, the relationship between past human societies and their natural environments as well as the historic archaeology of Europe.
    Stage 2 At Stage 2, students explore in more detail the themes introduced at Stage 1 and develop both their theoretical background knowledge and their practical skills. In particular, Stage 2 courses provide competencies and concepts necessary for the dissertation that is normally taken at Stage 3, and for future employment in Archaeology, Palaeoecology and Geography, as well as in a wide range of other fields.
    Stage 2 Optional Courses Optional courses at Stage 2 focus on the archaeology of Ireland and other specific geographical areas, on contemporary approaches to geographical enquiry, archaeological, palaeoenvironmental and other earth-science techniques, cultural and political geography, and the use of Geographical Information Systems.
    Stage 3 At Stage 3, students dedicate a substantial part of their time to their chosen dissertation project, drawn from any of the disciplines underpinning this degree programme, and building on the knowledge and skills they have acquired through Stages 1 and 2.
    Stage 3 Optional Courses Students at Stage 3 have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional courses focusing on specialist themes, ranging in time from the evolution of early humans to the Middle Ages, and covering fields as diverse as geoforensics, population studies, urbanisation, ritual and religion, prehistoric monuments, climate change and advanced GIS skills.
    Supplement – Optional Additional Year 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. The additional year can be spent studying abroad at one of our international partner universities or on a UK or international workplace placement. Depending on the chosen option, the degree title awarded will then be ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography with International Study’, ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography with Placement’, or ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography with International Placement’.

    People teaching you

    Dr Patrick Gleeson

    Programme Director for Archaeology and Archaeology-Palaeoecology

    Natural and Built Environment

    Dr Patrick Gleeson is a archaeologist interested in the later prehistoric and medieval archaeology of Europe. His current research focus is the archaeology of cult, rulership, kingdoms and governance in the first millennium AD of northern Europe. He currently has ongoing field projects examing later prehistoric and early medieval power centres, cult and royal landscapes in Ireland and Scotland, including Kedrah Fort, Lagore Crannog, Navan Fort, the Rock of Cashel and Knockainy.


    Contact Teaching Times

    Personal Study 24 (hours maximum)

    22-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc

    Large Group Teaching 6 (hours maximum)

    6 hours of lectures

    Medium Group Teaching 6 (hours maximum)

    6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week, some weeks will have additional field classes

    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial 2 (hours maximum)

    2 hours of tutorials (or individual project supervision) each week


    Learning and Teaching

    At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable each student to achieve their full academic potential.

    Within Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:

  • E-Learning technologies

    Information associated with lectures and assignments is often communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Canvas. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with web design in practicals and project- based work.

  • Lectures

    Introduce basic information about new topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).

  • Personal Tutor

    Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during Stages 1 and 2 who meets with them on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

  • Practicals

    Where students will have opportunities to develop technical skills and apply theoretical principles to real-life or practical contexts. Many Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography modules have associated practical classes, ranging from 3 to 9 hours study per week, depending on the module content.

  • Self-directed study

    This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s student when important private reading, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.

  • Seminars/tutorials

    Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.

  • Supervised projects

    In final year, students will be expected to carry out a significant piece of research on a topic or practical methodology that they have chosen. They will receive support from a supervisor who will guide them in terms of how to carry out research and who will provide feedback on a number of occasions during the write up stage.

  • Work placements and Field Classes

    Students gain practical fieldwork experience through the teaching excavation at Stage 1 and will normally have the opportunity to build further experience though volunteering on staff-led field projects throughout Stages 2 and 3. Depending on module choice, Stage 3 provides further opportunity for work placements. Students enrolled on the MSci are offered the opportunity of gaining fieldwork experience at an advanced level at Stage 4.


  • Assessment

    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

  • The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each course. Some courses are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. Details of how each course is assessed are explained in the general course catalogue and in the handbook for each individual course available to students.

  • Feedback

    As students progress through their degree course at Queen's they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and their peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
  • Face-to-face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers' advertised office hours to help address a specific query.
  • Placement employer comments or references.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards students should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
  • Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.
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    Modules

    The information below is intended as an example only, featuring module details for the current year of study (2022/23). Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes – revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

  • Core Modules

    Introduction To World Archaeology

    (20 credits)

    Physical Geography: Earth, Wind and Water

    (20 credits)

    Physical Geography: Earth, Fire and Ice

    (20 credits)

    Environmental Change: past, present and future

    (20 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Human Geography: Society, Power and Culture

    (20 credits)

    Human Geography: Society, Economy and Population

    (20 credits)

    Europe in Prehistory

    (20 credits)

    Archaeological Excavation

    (20 credits)

    Themes in Historical Archaeology

    (20 credits)

    Ancient Humans and Landscapes

    (20 credits)

    Core Modules

    Geographical Research Skills

    (20 credits)

    Thinking through Things Theorizing Global Archaeology

    (20 credits)

    Palaeoenvironmental Techniques

    (20 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Global Environmental Change

    (20 credits)

    The Archaeology of Islands (Residential Fieldtrip Module)

    (20 credits)

    Geography and Employability

    (0 credits)

    Urban Landscapes (Netherlands)

    (20 credits)

    Archaeology in Practice

    (20 credits)

    Remaking Cities: Comparative Research Project

    (20 credits)

    Exploring Dynamic Environments (Mallorca)

    (20 credits)

    Geographies of Economic Restructuring and Social Change

    (20 credits)

    From St Patrick to the Plantation: The Archaeology of Historic Ireland

    (20 credits)

    Ireland in Prehistory

    (20 credits)

    Landscapes and Geographical Information (GIS)

    (20 credits)

    Contemporary Approaches to Geographical Enquiry

    (20 credits)

    Geomorphology

    (20 credits)

    Archaeological Excavation

    (20 credits)

    Cultural and Political Geography

    (20 credits)

    Core Modules

    Geography At Work

    (40 credits)

    Geographical Independent Research Essay

    (20 credits)

    Independent Project

    (20 credits)

    Geography Dissertation

    (40 credits)

    Archaeology/Palaeoecology Dissertation

    (40 credits)

    Optional Modules

    Maps and Mappings

    (20 credits)

    Critical Thinking and the Past

    (20 credits)

    Sustaining the Biosphere

    (20 credits)

    Environmental Catastrophes

    (20 credits)

    Geographies of Outer Space

    (20 credits)

    Ice Cold Environments

    (20 credits)

    The Archaeology of Ancient Greece (Residential Fieldtrip Module)

    (20 credits)

    Kingship and Religion in the First Millennium AD

    (20 credits)

    Volcanoes: environmental and societal impacts

    (20 credits)

    Society, Death and Disease

    (20 credits)

    Spaces of Urbanisation in Emerging Economies and Sustainable Development

    (20 credits)

    Geographies of contested territories

    (20 credits)

    Geoforensics

    (20 credits)

    Advanced Geographical Information Systems

    (20 credits)

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    Career Prospects

    Introduction

    Studying for an Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography degree at Queen's 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.

    Employment Links

    We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities, National Trust, Ulster Wildlife Trust, who provide both snapshot advice on their work, as well as run more in-depth advice sessions, the latter often at taught Masters level. We also run a careers seminar programme with guest speaker employers and further-study coordinators (teacher training, Masters and PhD degrees).

    We benefit greatly from housing the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork in the School. This self-funded private unit obtains commercial work from the Department for Communities, the police and civil engineering companies, thus exposing students to employers, but also providing the teaching with information on what the current employment market requires from Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography graduates.

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)


    Prizes and Awards

    In addition to the prizes and awards available to all QUB students, a number of prizes and scholarships are available specifically to undergraduate students in Archaeology and Palaeoecology; normally these are awarded on an annual basis:

    The Basil Wilson Prizes

    The Kerr Fieldwork/Visit Award

    The Kerr Final Year Dissertation Prize

    The Kerr MSci Prize

    The Kerr Meritorious Performance Prize

    The Kerr Prize (one each at Stages 1, 2, and 3)

    The Kerr Undergraduate Scholarship


    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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