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Course summary

This course offers a Single Honours degree programme examining the human past from a scientific perspective, with a focus on past human-environment relationships. It progressively develops general and specific knowledge and skills, through the examination of a broad range of different types of 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 and environmental sectors. 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 Palaeoecology. 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: ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology with International Study’, ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology with Placement’, or ‘BSc Archaeology-Palaeoecology with International Placement’.


The modules available on this course focus on different periods of World, European and Irish/British archaeology, from human origins to modern times and heritage, allowing students to develop both their theoretical background knowledge and their practical skills in equal measure. Modules in the first year of study are designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base, with second-year modules empathising the development of subject-specific skills, and third-year modules taking you to the cutting edge of research. Students on this course can take optional modules not only from archaeology, but also from other disciplines within both the sciences and the arts and humanities.

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Mathematics at grade C or better. Scottish National 5 Mathematics at grade C or better.

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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 £4750* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4750* Year 1
EU £25300 Year 1
International £25300 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The stipulated fees are for those starting a course in 2024-25. Further information on Fees and Funding can be found at:
Archaeology & Palaeoecology at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS