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Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture

The MSc in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture will provide a comprehensive course of university learning and experience in experimental archaeology and material culture analysis.
- Experimental archaeology can be defined as the reconstruction of past buildings, technologies, things and environmental contexts so as to enable a better understanding of the character and role of materiality and material culture in peoples lives.
-It may also involve innovative, experiential interrogations of past lifeways and material culture, so as to explore and understand how people interact with each other and the world.

Entry requirements

Minimum Academic Criteria

A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelors in Archaeology/Anthropology or a cognate area with a minimum 2.1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA of 3.2. (NFQ Level 8 ) or equivalent. Candidates from cognate disciplines (e.g. History, Classics, Art History, Geography, etc.) will have demonstrated previous experience and/or awareness of Archaeological or Experimental Archaeological methods and thought, by attending during their primary degree a number of Archaeology modules and/or working for a period on an Archaeological Excavation and/or working in a Museum, or Open-Air Museum. Previous academic education and/or experience in aspects of Crafts and/or Material Culture Studies will also be considered by the School. The School would reserve the right to assessing the extent and quality of such previous studies and experience. Applicants are required to submit original academic transcripts.

Additional Essential Criteria
A statement outlining the applicant's previous experience in Archaeology,, and/or cognate disciplines and the reasons for pursuing the degree, and the reasons why UCD is being chosen. Every applicant should complete this part of the application which should be approximately 300-500 words. Applicants whose first language is not English are also required to submit evidence of their English Language proficiency. It is expected that applicants will normally have reached on overall 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent. Foreign Language documentation must be accompanied by an official translation. If applicants are unable to provide final transcripts or any other required documentation by the closing date, they should contact the School directly by e-mail prior to this date.

References
For non UCD students and for UCD students who have not yet completed their Undergraduate degree, TWO references must accompany your application: one MUST be academic from the institution where your primary degree was awarded; the second reference can either be academic or from a professional employer in archaeology or from a cognate profession.

Please forward, or have your referees forward, a hard copy of a reference on your behalf to:

c/o Martin Hurley
Online Applications,
UCD Registry
Tierney Buildling
Belfield
Dublin 4

Your references should be provided as a signed, original letter, on headed institutional notepaper, with your application reference numbers clearly stated.

Here is a link to the Online Applications website: http://www.ucd.ie/apply/help.html

NOTE: if your primary degree was previously awarded by UCD, we request that a current CV is submitted with application and the Personal statement be completed.

Non-EU Students
Please note that all non-EU students should check their visa requirements when applying to a programme and certainly before accepting a place on a course. Also note that visa restrictions limit some overseas students (e.g. Americans) to full time programmes only.

Duration

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

Number of credits

90 credits

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Aidan OSullivan
Contact Number: 01 718 252
Email: aidan.osullivan@ucd.ie

Email: graduatestudies@ucd.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)1 716 4043

Subjects taught

-Study in an exciting, new multidisciplinary programme, with lectures by UCD staff and international experts, with practical training in laboratories and the Centre for Experimental Archaeology, and fieldtrips.
-Explore and investigate though lectures, seminars, and practical project learning how people in the past understood and worked with stone, flint, clay, pottery, wood, leather, woolen and vegetal textiles, and other materials, and how they constructed and inhabited buildings developed different technologies, and made and used things.
-Gain key professional skills in object and materials analyses, including the use of artefact photography, 3D laser scanning, photogrammetric modeling and visualization technologies, and GIS, and the use of optical microscopes and Scanning Electron Microscopes. Through the MSc programme you will have access to training in Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Diffraction, thus gaining insights into how we investigate past material culture through detailed elemental analysis.
-Design, implement and analyse the results of their own project, which may be completed as an MA thesis or MA Research Placement in semester 3 (i.e. the summer of 2017).

Stage 1 Core:
How to Research Archaeology
ARCH40760

Investigating Materials & Objects
ARCH40820

Communicating Heritage
ARCH40830

Experimental Arch: Principles & Practice
ARCH40840

Practical Experimental Archaeology
ARCH40850

Research Project Skills
ARCH40860

Ancient Materialities
GRC40300

Stage 1 Option:

Combat Archaeology
ARCH30170

Archaeology of Food
ARCH30360

Experiment Archaeology & Ancient Technologies
ARCH30500

Heritage Management
ARCH30510

Archaeology and the Public: Past Meets Present
ARCH30520

Early Medieval Europe: Social identity and Belonging AD 400-1100
ARCH30530

Wetland Archaeology
ARCH30540

Archaeology of Minoan Crete
ARCH30550

Adoption of Agriculture
ARCH30560

Feudal castles and Gothic cathedrals: building medieval Europe, AD1000-1500
ARCH30600

New perspectives on the Historical Archaeology of Ireland
ARCH40720

Research Prehistoric Archaeology.
ARCH40730

MA Dissertation
ARCH40800

MA Research Placement
ARCH40810

Introduction to GIS and Spatial Methods in Archaeology
ARCH40870

Advanced GIS in Archaeology and Heritage
ARCH40880

Cultural Heritage
ARCH40990

Heritage Marketing, Market Research & Management
ARCH41010

Historic Urban Landscapes
ARCH41080

Comment

The MSc in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture will provide a comprehensive course of university learning and experience in experimental archaeology and material culture analysis. It is also available as a Graduate Diploma in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture.

How will you learn?
The MSc is a Level 9, 90 ECTS, 3 semester programme which may be taken Full-Time (12 months) or Part-time (24 months). It begins in September 2016, for the 2016/17 academic year. The Graduate Diploma is for 2 semesters, and is a 60 ECTS credit programme.

Students of the MSc or Graduate Diploma in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture will:
•Study in an exciting, new multidisciplinary programme, with lectures by UCD staff and international experts, with practical training in laboratories and the Centre for Experimental Archaeology, and fieldtrips.

•Explore and investigate though lectures, seminars, and practical project learning how people in the past understood and worked with stone, flint, clay, pottery, wood, leather, woolen and vegetal textiles, and other materials, and how they constructed and inhabited buildings developed different technologies, and made and used things.

•Gain key professional skills in object and materials analyses, including the use of artefact photography, 3D laser scanning, photogrammetric modeling and visualization technologies, and GIS, and the use of optical microscopes and Scanning Electron Microscopes. Through the MSc programme you will have access to training in Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Diffraction, thus gaining insights into how we investigate past material culture through detailed elemental analysis.

•Design, implement and analyse the results of their own project, which may be completed as an MA thesis or MA Research Placement in semester 3 (i.e. the summer of 2017).

It is expected that Scholarships and Bursaries will be available for students of the MSc in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture to apply for, for the 2016/17 intake.

Course Description
UCD School of Archaeology has a growing momentum and international reputation in experimental archaeology and material culture studies. The School organised and hosted the 9th International Experimental Archaeology Conference (EAC9) in January 2015, with 200 attendees from 28 different countries.

Students of the MSc in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture will be integrated into UCD School of Archaeology’s European and global experimental archaeological and museum networks, particularly through Prof Aidan O’Sullivan’s Board Membership of EXARC, the ICOMOS-affiliated worldwide network of AOAMs and experimental archaeologists.

The MSc in Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture will be based at the UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (CEAMC), the only university campus-based facility of its type in the world for dedicated experimental archaeological research and teaching.

Recently described by an international expert review as globally “unparalleled”, it offers a range of opportunities for research, teaching and public outreach. The Centre has a scientific research outdoors or field facility, laboratories, researchers’ offices and workshops at Roebuck, on the UCD campus. It has already established successes with Postdoctoral Fellowships (e.g. a Marie Skłodowska Curie IEF 2015-17, and several linked Irish Research Council-funded and Teagasc Walsh Fellowship-funded PhDs scholarships, as well as many MA and BA projects and dissertations.

Application date

FT (W349) PT (W350)

Closing Date for 2017-2018 applications: Friday, 2nd June 2017

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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