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Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture

GradDip Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

- 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.

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

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 GDip 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.

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or higher can apply to upgrade from the GDip to the MSc programme.

Duration

1 Years Full Time, 2 Years Part Time

Number of credits

60

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.

Stage 1 - Core
Practical Experimental Archaeology
ARCH40850

Research Project Skills
ARCH40860

Material Culture
ARCH41170

Experimental Archaeology: Making, Understanding, Storytelling
ARCH41180

Ancient Materialities
GRC40300

Stage 1 - Option
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

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

Hunter-Gatherers: archaeological & anthropological perspectives
ARCH30610

The archaeology of collapse
ARCH30640

Craft & Making in Archaeology
ARCH30650

Archaeological Field & Laboratory Techniques
ARCH40770

Communicating Heritage
ARCH40830

Introduction to GIS and Spatial Methods in Archaeology
ARCH40870

Advanced GIS in Archaeology and Heritage
ARCH40880

Heritage Marketing & Management
ARCH41010

Comment

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

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip in Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture FT (W373)
Duration
1 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

Grad Dip in Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture PT (W374)
Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

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

Course fee

GradDip Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture (W373) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 5890
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

GradDip Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture (W374) Part Time
nonEU fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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