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Course summary

This course offers a Single Honours Archaeology degree programme with an additional French language qualification. Apart from progressively developing general and specific archaeological knowledge and skills, through excavation, fieldwork, overseas fieldtrips, laboratory and practical work, students on this course develop linguistic proficiency in French and analyse Francophone cultures (literature, cinema, linguistics, art, history) in the broadest sense. Different French-language entry level options are available on this course, from beginners to students with A-level French. The course includes a year of studying abroad at a French-speaking university and leads to a very versatile degree which opens the door to a wide range of international career options, both within and beyond the heritage and French language 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 French and Francophone cultures around the world. 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. Year abroad Between their second at third year of studying Archaeology with French at Queen’s, students on this degree programme spend a year abroad in a Francophone country, studying Archaeology at one of Queen’s French-speaking partner institutions. At present this is normally the University of Burgundy at Dijon, in the heart of metropolitan France, although other destinations may also be available.


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. Archaeology 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. Modules in French not only focus on developing students’ linguistic proficiency, but also cover the literature, cinema, linguistics, art and history of Francophone cultures.

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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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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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 with French at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS