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Archaeology
BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time Part Time - Undergraduate studies
Course Information

CAO Code: DN500
CAO Points Range 2013: 340 - 575
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 100

Leaving Certificate: Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, a third language & three other recognised subjects. Two of the six subjects must be minimum HC3.

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Choosing Archaeology

Archaeology can be taken as part of a BA Joint Honours degree (DN500) and also as a part time degree (DN501).

At the end of first year there is an opportunity to transfer to a single subject degree in Archaeology.

Review the subjects you can study with Archaeology by looking at the diagram here.

Why is this subject for me?

Archaeology is an increasingly interdisciplinary subject, combining the intellectual, analytical and interpretative skills of the humanities (e.g. history, geography), with the qualitative methods of social sciences and sociology. In studying Archaeology, you can expect to gain a range of transferable skills. You will often work in teams to investigate problems, and you will develop critical thinking skills, gain an ability to manipulate and explain data, and make connections between different types of evidence. You will also develop practical skills in report writing, image production and fieldwork. If you study Archaeology, we can promise you that you will see the world, time and the human condition itself in an entirely new way.

What will I study?

UCD School of Archaeology assumes that students have no prior knowledge of the subject, and it therefore teaches a course that starts with the basics and ends with specialisms.

First Year
Students are introduced to the archaeology of Ireland and the world (from earliest prehistory), and to archaeological methods including excavation and radiocarbon dating.

Second & Third Year
Modules are arranged around three themes:

  • Archaeological Science
  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Historical Archaeology

Students will attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and undertake independent study. They may also work on excavations and in the laboratory. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment. In your final year you may also undertake a research project.

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Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Many graduates have found employment within the archaeological profession, in consultancy, professional contract work, museums and education.

Many more have used their transferable skills to become:

  • Business and industry entrepreneurs
  • Policy-makers in arts and education
  • Journalists
  • Tourism leaders
  • Writers, actors, cultural critics

Graduate study opportunities in UCD include the MA and the MLitt/PhD in Archaeology.

International Study Opportunities

The School has active teaching and research links with many overseas universities, including Erasmus exchange agreements in ten European countries (including Germany, Norway and France). Work placement opportunities are offered in Crete and Southeast Asia.

Graduate Profile

Denise Keating

I always had a general interest in archaeology so, when I came to study Arts in UCD, I decided to give archaeology a go. I really enjoyed the diversity it offered, the great field trips and the lifelong friends I made. My interest became more than that and I decided to make a career of it. The fact that the staff were so approachable helped and through their involvement with the archaeology society they seemed so much more accessible and less daunting. I went on to do a master's degree in the UK and later decided to come back to UCD to do my PhD.

Denise Keating

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Contact Information

School Office, UCD School of Archaeology
Room K004, Newman Building
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8312
Email: archaeology@ucd.ie