Reconstructing the ecosystems of the past

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.

Palaeoecology at Queen's is taught alongside Archaeology, which explores the human past - from artefacts, monuments and settlements to entire landscapes - and from this exploration interprets how societies have adapted and developed. Modules in this subject focus on different periods of World, European and Irish/British archaeology from human origins to modern times and heritage.

We offer a BSc Single Honours degree in Archaeology-Palaeoecology as well as a BSc Joint Honours degree in Archaeology-Palaeoecology and Geography.

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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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