Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
UCD School of Archaeology is the foremost archaeological research institution in Ireland and our teaching programme focuses on archaeology in Ireland and overseas. Our aim is to equip graduates to contribute to archaeology across the globe, with key concepts developed from understanding the internationally acclaimed Irish archaeological record. In the MA programme, this will include fieldtrips to iconic Irish sites and landscapes. Perspectives and practices from archaeological landscapes across the globe will be developed through the programme, and specialisation in different geographical areas strongly encouraged. Students will execute a variety of approaches to archaeological practice including desktop, experimental work in the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Ancient Technologies, field and lab-based techniques.
The MA is structured around dedicated Level 4 modules with a core and option framework. A small number of Level 3 (Advanced Undergraduate) modules may be taken as part of the MA.
Core modules include training on researching archaeology in an Irish context, field and laboratory skills, thesis skills and a major 30-credit dissertation or research placement. Optional Level 4 modules include GIS and geospatial analysis, heritage management, aspects of experimental archaeology, archaeological landscapes and high-level discussion-led modules on prehistoric archaeology and historical archaeology. Students can also take up to 10 credits from the School's existing Level 3 modules.
A variety of assessment strategies are utilised, including classroom and field presentations, book reviews, review articles and essays. Level 4 modules are assessed through continuous assessment only; however, most Level 3 modules include an examination.
Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
The MA Archaeology in UCD is a Level 9, 90 credit programme which will provide students with a high level of competency in conducting independent archaeological research in a variety of contexts, from the academic through to the professional. Students will develop critical perspectives on different forms of archaeological practice including the archaeological sciences, theoretical perspectives on the past and the views of heritage stakeholders.
Being located in Dublin places us in close proximity to key cultural and archaeological institutions including the National Museum of Ireland, National Monuments Service and the Discovery Programme.
-Understand and critique the latest archaeological practice and research in a global context
-Critically evaluate changes in human populations from prehistory to the present day, and evaluate their connection the modern world
- Reflect and articulate the roles of archaeology and the past in modern society, the tangible and intangible value of heritage, and the context of appropriate legislation
-Develop a comprehensive and nuanced knowledge of Ireland's internationally renowned archaeological record within its European and global context
-Appropriately select and apply discipline-specific archaeological skills and approaches, including archaeological fieldwork or laboratory techniques
- Gather, evaluate and critically assess diverse archaeological datasets, transforming them into knowledge
- Design and implement small-scale field or laboratory-based research projects, using appropriate professional methodologies and equipment
-Work within large or small teams and independently, leading and being led as appropriate
-Design, structure, research and implement a significant piece of original archaeological research, in the form of an MA research thesis or placement comprising 15,000 words
- Effectively manage projects and deadlines over the course of a year of intensive study, providing an excellent grounding for real-world archaeological project management
Vision and Values Statement
The MA Archaeology is aimed at students who wish to develop a high level of competency in the study of human culture, societies and environments through time. Students will acquire key skills in archaeological research, survey, and data management. Working in both the field and the classroom, they will enhance their core transferrable skills in critical thinking, reflection, problem solving, teamwork and report writing. The programme is especially aimed at students who have previously studied archaeology or a cognate discipline (e.g. anthropology) at an undergraduate level and who wish to engage in more advanced study and independent research. The MA Archaeology offers an excellent grounding for students seeking future employment in the heritage sector as well as developing critical skills valued by employers in a wide range of other sectors.
We welcome students of all ages who are engaged, self-motivated, work well in a teamwork environment and demonstrate a capacity for critical and analytical thinking, especially in an interdisciplinary context. Excellent communication skills are also particularly valued. At graduate level, a capacity for independent study and self-directed research is strongly encouraged.
We are committed to providing a learning environment that encourages students to develop their own ideas in collaboration with fellow students and School staff. Individual development and self-discovery is a key component of an archaeological training, as is sharing experiences and values as part of a team. Student-led discussion and debate are key elements in our programme design and implementation and strong links are maintained between School teaching and research in both the field and classroom. Regular research seminars by visiting academics allow our students to engage with cutting-edge research in European and World Archaeology.
The MA Archaeology focuses on student-led approaches, with School staff supporting and guiding students through oral presentation, discussion and seminar-based learning. Assessment strategies are varied, ranging from traditional essays, to book reviews, poster presentations and reflexive field journals. We also incorporate field-based presentation and interpretation of archaeological sites and landscapes within our assessment. The programme culminates in a 15,000 word research thesis or research placement, developed by the student with the guidance and supervision of School staff.