Our School offers an exciting choice of courses that engage with the cultural, environmental, social and technical issues that have, and are shaping our world. Students will have opportunities to engage with subjects that range across the humanities and sciences that will open up new and interesting ways of understanding the impact of society and its future contribution to our world.
Undergraduate degree courses in Archaeology and Palaeoecology
BA HONOURS ARCHAEOLOGY
Archaeology at Queen’s explores ancient worlds, past civilisations and the emergence of humans from their origins to complex historical societies. This exciting and diverse discipline embraces many practical and scientific methods, as well as ideas and models that aim to explain how and why events and processes took place in the past.
BA ARCHAEOLOGY WITH A LANGUAGE / BA JOINT ARCHAEOLOGY PROGRAMMES
The BA Archaeology programme can be combined with a language (French, Portuguese or Spanish) and an additional year of study in a European city with one of the universities we have partnered with through ERASMUS +. We also offer a three-year joint BA Archaeology programme with either Irish or History.
MSCI HONOURS ARCHAEOLOGY
This extended undergraduate programme enables students to undertake advanced courses in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and Cultural Heritage in Level 4. It has been facilitated by specialist expertise in GAP to meet the demands for trained workers with GIS skills in a wide range of careers.
BSC SINGLE HONOURS ARCHAEOLOGY-PALAEOECOLOGY
Palaeoecology and Archaeology naturally complement each other by reconstructing the past environments in which humans and their societies evolved, by assessing the impact of human activities on the natural environment, particularly since the development of agriculture and developing, and applying, dating techniques.
BSC JOINT HONOURS ARCHAEOLOGY-PALAEOECOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY
The joint Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography programme explores past cultural, economic and environmental changes, enabling students to experience humanistic and scientific approaches to understanding past and contemporary societies, environments and landscapes.
POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH (PHD) OPPORTUNITIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY and PALAEOECOLOGY
The School warmly welcomes all enquiries regarding MPhil and PhD research in Archaeology and Palaeoecology. Please consult our staff pages to identify and contact a potential supervisor or visit our current list of Studentships
There are two possible routes to devising a suitable PhD / MPhil topic. The first is to construct a proposal in close consultation with a potential supervisor based in the School. The second is to apply for a staff-driven proposal. The staff-driven projects will be advertised in October to start the following September . Details of the deadline for a September start will be released in early November. We are delighted to receive applications from international/non-EEA students at any time. Funding opportunities and deadlines vary by country. Note that it is possible to apply for a place to study towards a PhD at any time. Part-time study is possible for self-funded students.
WHAT IS A PHD?
Doctorates are awarded for the creation and interpretation of knowledge through original research. This requires the ability to conceptualise, design and implement projects for the generation of significant new knowledge and understanding.
Entry to the PhD programme normally requires at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The range of cognate disciplines is considerable given the strongly inter-disciplinary character of the subjects. The programme runs for 3 year full-time or 6 years part-time.
WHAT IS AN MPHIL?
An MPhil is similar to the PhD, but is undertaken over a shorter period of time. Entry to the MPhil programme normally requires at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The programme runs for 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS / FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
For a place to pursue PhD and MPhil postgraduate studies, we normally require an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) as a minimum. Please note that there are differences between entrance requirements and requirements for funding, which are assessed separately.
The School is normally allocated a number of research studentships each year relevant to UK/EU applicants. These studentships are managed through School. The deadline for applications that wish to be considered for a School studentship (or DFE award) is mid-February
Suitably qualified applicants applying for a project orientated towards the humanities will also be eligible for a Northern Bridge (AHRC) studentship. For further details of this competition, please visit the Northern Bridge website: www.northernbridge.ac.uk.
There is a residency requirement (UK, EU) for all three funding schemes. Funding for non-EEA students varies by country. For examples of international funding opportunities through Queen’s please see here: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/ . Applicants who are non-EEA nationals must satisfy the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requirements for English language for visa purposes.
In the first instance, please contact a potential supervisor to discuss making an application. For general inquiries, please contact the Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Dr. Maarten Blaauw