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.

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

Archaeology and Palaeoecology

The combined disciplines progressively develop general and specific knowledge and skills, through excavation, fieldwork, overseas fieldtrips, laboratory and practical work.

The School of Natural and Built Environment

The School of Natural and Built Environment has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research, with Archaeology ranked in the global top 100 (QS rankings 2019) and 7th in the UK (Guardian University League Table 2019), and Geography ranked in the global top 200 (QS rankings 2019).

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The School of Natural and Built Environment was formed to bring together our well-established disciplines of Archaeology, Geography, Palaeoecology and Planning – to study and research the challenges and opportunities we face in the natural and the built environment around us.

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As well as the BA in Archaeology and BSc in Archaeology and Palaeoecology, we offer several degrees which combine Archaeology and Palaeoecology with other subjects (Languages, Geography and History).

We have also introduced the MSci (Masters of Science) in Archaeology, which is an integrated four-year degree, whereby students can progress directly to Masters-level study in their final year.

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Graduates from these degrees are well regarded by local, national and international employers. Over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of Archaeology.

Studying for an Archaeology 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.

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MSci Archaeology

Our past students have gained work placement opportunities with external organisations such as NIEA, Ulster Wildlife Trust, Land and Property Services and the National Trust.

We regularly consult and develop ongoing links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities, National Trust and Ulster Wildlife Trust.

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We house 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.

This exposes our students to employers, providing them with clear details regarding what the modern market requires from Archaeology. This information is then fed back into our course modules, especially those on excavation techniques.

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Undergraduate scholarships and funding options

We have several awards to assist undergraduate students with their studies here at Queen's. Scholarships, bursaries and grants are awarded to undergraduate students based on a range of factors including current and future academic achievement and need.  Find out more >>

Why Queen's University?

The UK's ninth oldest university, Queen's is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive institutions. Queen's is also in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020) with almost 2200 international students from 59 different countries.

Over 96% of Queen’s graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation (HESA Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17).

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Why Belfast?

Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the Number 1 region in the world to visit in 2018 (Lonely Planet 2017) and named the best UK city in The Guardian and Observer Travel Awards (2016).

In Mercer's 2017 Worldwide Cost of Living survey, Belfast was recognised as having the lowest cost of living in the UK, making it an ideal city in which to live, work and study. Find out more about Life in Belfast.

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