Archaeology and History at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS

Course summary

This course offers a Joint Honours degree programme examining the human past from a broad humanities-based perspective. The combined disciplines of Archaeology and History progressively develop general and specific knowledge and skills, through the examination of textual sources, excavation, overseas fieldtrips and practical work. The course will provide you with an opportunity to pursue your interests in any time period, from the dawn of humanity to recent centuries, including hands-on experience in working with archaeological material and undertaking fieldwork. This is a very versatile degree which opens the door to a wide range of career options, including careers in teaching, commercial archaeology, museums, heritage management and many more, both within and beyond the heritage sector. World Class facilities Students benefit from access to the internationally renowned 14CHRONO Centre for Radiocarbon Dating, the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, departmental collections and laboratories for study of artefacts, human, animal and plant remains and other scientific materials and instruments, including access to GIS, laser scanning and specialist teaching laboratories. The University’s McClay Library holds one of the most comprehensive collections of resources on Irish, British, European and World Archaeology in Ireland and the UK, and provides state-of-the-art study facilities. The McClay Library also holds a wide collection of resources for the study of Ancient, Medieval and Modern History. Professional accreditation This course includes a module pathway that is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK). Students on that pathway can become student members of CIfA, providing you with access to their e-learning modules, specialist professional networks and details of jobs in the profession. All students on this degree programme also automatically gain student membership with the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland, giving you access to further professional development resources and information of relevant job vacancies in the island of Ireland. Degree supplements and study-abroad Students enrolled on this course have the opportunity to undertake an optional additional year of study, which can either be spent studying abroad at one of Queen’s international partner institutions or on a UK or international work placement. Depending on the chosen option, students availing of the optional additional year will gain one of the following degree supplements: ‘BA Archaeology and History with International Study’, ‘BA Archaeology and History with Placement’, or ‘BA Archaeology and History with International Placement’.


The modules available on this course focus on different periods of World, European and Irish/British archaeology and history, from human origins and ancient history through to the contemporary history of the late twentieth century, allowing students to develop both their theoretical background knowledge and their practical skills in equal measure. The modules also cover a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, England, Scotland, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Students can choose modules that focus on gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious, economic and environmental change.

Assessment method

The way in which students are assessed in this course is designed to support the learning outcomes of the programme and of each specific module. A broad range of formative and summative assessment methods is used. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework, including essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, reflective journals, and exams.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Student Outcomes

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Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4630 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4630 Year 1
EU £17900 Year 1
International £17900 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees listed are for 2022-23. The tuition fees for 2023-24 are not yet available.
Archaeology and History at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS