MSc Archaeology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits )

UCD School of Archaeology's MSc/GradDiploma in Archaeology is designed for students interested in the challenges and opportunities in studying the human past.

Your learning will be built around engaging and training in key archaeological skills, such as Landscape Archaeology, Artefact and Material Culture studies, Environmental Archaeology, Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.), LiDAR and Remote Sensing and Archaeological Field Practice. You will also have the opportunity to take specific modules and design and complete an MSc Dissertation so as to specialise in particularly chronological or cultural periods (e.g. Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age/Roman, Early Medieval, Medieval, Historical/Post-Medieval). You will complete your MSc Dissertation on a chosen topic, supervised by an expert in the field.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Course Description
The MSc in Archaeology will be taught by UCD School of Archaeology experts working at the cutting edge of current research on past societies, their landscapes, things and times. You will explore and investigate how archaeologists investigate the past through seminars and practical projects and you will benefit from the School's excellent field facilities and laboratories.

The MSc programme (90 credits) is structured around a series of core modules with thematic options. The 30 credits of core modules comprise three 10-credit specialist modules in Material Culture (10 credits), Landscape Archaeologies: Reconstructing, Imagining, Writing (10 credits) and Archaeological Field Methods (10 credits). These modules provide you with the critical and reflective skills required to understand how archaeologists analyse and interpret prehistoric objects, sites, bodies, monuments and landscapes.

A Research Project Skills module (5 credits) will support you in developing your dissertation proposal, teaching you to design a project, ask research questions, devise methodologies, analyse data and interpret it in the context of wider archaeological knowledge. The capstone assessment is a 30 credit (15,000 words) original MSc Dissertation formulated and led you with appropriate supervision from members of academic staff. This will allow you to design, implement and analyse the results of your own substantial research on a topic of your choice.

Options then build your professional career skills, and include technical and interpretative training in investigating and managing information. This includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (5), Heritage Management Challenges (10), Heritage Presentation and Interpretation (5), Decolonising Ethnography (5), Hunter-Gatherers (10) amongst others. These options are based on School thematic strengths in prehistoric archaeology; medieval archaeology, landscape archaeology; experimental archaeology; and world heritage management. These will help you to deepen your practical and analytical skills in specific areas.

The MSc in Archaeology programme is taught through a diversity of teaching methods and innovative assessment types by experienced professionals and gives you the opportunity to really develop your knowledge and skills in archaeological investigations, in a creative, inspiring and enjoyable setting. Classroom activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops will be supplemented by fieldtrips, outdoors practicals and lab-based teaching for specialist modules. Depending on the modules taken, coursework may include essays, projects, posters, oral presentations, scientific analysis and the preparation of formal reports.

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc Archaeology also offers students the opportunity to design their own programmes from our diverse Level 4 modules in addition to selected modules from out L3 programme. This provides a pathway whereby students who remain undecided which aspect of archaeology they wish to specialise in can study archaeology and heritage more broadly.

Our MSc and GDip courses respond directly to two of UCD's key strategic themes: 'Empowering Humanity', which foregrounds the importance of 'Understanding what shapes human thinking and motivates behavioural change', and 'Creating a Sustainable Global Society', which requires an understanding of the diversity of ways in which people have interacted with the natural world over the course of human history.

Subjects taught

Core modules
Material Culture (10 credits)
Landscape Archaeologies: Reconstructing, Imagining, Writing (10 credits)
Archaeological Field Methods (10 credits).
Research Project Skills module (5 credits)
MSc Dissertation (30 credits)

Optional modules
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Remote Sensing (5)
Heritage Management Challenges (10)
Heritage Presentation and Interpretation (5)
Decolonising Ethnography (5)
Hunter-Gatherers (10)

Other Optional modules may be available, subject to timetabling and availability from the School of Archaeology's other programmes

• Prehistories of Europe
• Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology
• Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture
• World Heritage Management

Entry requirements

- Entry to MSc based on an Upper Second Class Honours (2H1) undergraduate degree (GPA 3.2, NFQ Level 8, or the international equivalent) in archaeology or anthropology, or other cognate disciplines (to be discussed with programme coordinator)

- Entry to GradDip based on a Lower Second Class Honours (2H2) undergraduate degree (GPA 2.7, NFQ Level 8, or the international equivalent) in archaeology or anthropology, or other cognate disciplines (to be discussed with programme coordinator)

- If English is not your native language, proof of proficiency in English will be required, unless you took your primary degree through English. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 90, on the IELTS system it is 6.5

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

MSc Archaeology PT (W492)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


2 years part-time. Blended

Post Course Info

Career & Graduate Study Opportunity
The MSc in Archaeology will provide you with the skills required to develop a career in the archaeological profession or the cultural heritage sector, or to go on to further academic study. Transferable skillsets such as critical thinking and project design, management and completion will also provide you with an excellent grounding for future employment in other sectors. Graduates of this programme may progress to careers in:

• Further research, whether academic or professional
• Commercial archaeology and Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
• The Heritage sector
• State sector bodies (Museums, Archaeological Monuments Management)
• NGOs
• Education (Primary, Secondary, University/Higher Education Instiutions)
• Tourism and Public Engagement

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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