Landscape Archaeology

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Drawing on a range of expertise in prehistoric and historic landscapes, the MA (Landscape Archaeology) offers an intensive one-year programme in landscape archaeology. The course provides a critical understanding of the study and interpretation of landscapes, and their components, character and relevance. Landscape has become an increasingly significant concept in modern Ireland, and is a central part of both academic research and contemporary heritage management.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Theory in the field: A strong element of the programme is the field-based teaching, which is held in various archaeological landscapes around the country.

2. Workshops: A series of field survey workshops forms also part of the programme, teaching you the basics in manual surveying, total station survey and geophysical surveys, as well as high precision GPS survey.

3. Presenting landscapes module: A one-week field school in the Burren, Co. Clare, offers a unique opportunity to apply theoretical and practical skills acquired.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
A QQI Level 8 degree in Archaeology awarded at Second Class Honours Grade 2 standard overall with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in Archaeology or its equivalent in education and professional experience. An interview forms part of the selection process.

Subjects taught

The course comprises the following main modules:

• Landscape Perspectives – theory of landscape studies;
• Interpreting Landscapes – reading archaeological landscapes;
• GIS and Landscape Archaeology;
• Managing Landscapes – archaeological landscapes and planning;
• Investigating Landscapes – methods and sources;
• Presenting Landscapes – field school;
• Dissertation (15,000 words).


1 year, full-time; 2 year, part-time.

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Career opportunities
Graduates are employed in many areas of the profession, while others choose to continue their studies through doctoral research. Graduates from this programme commonly find work with archaeological consultancies, in the state sector, with local authorities as well as in the tourist industry, and are usually engaged in landscape assessment, predevelopment assessment and excavations and other heritage-related matters.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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