What will I learn?

Archaeology is an exciting subject that studies past human societies through the material remains they left behind, investigating important developments in the human story over a long period of time.

The greater part of the human story is beyond the range of traditional historical methods and can only be studied using archaeological approaches to the ancient past.

Archaeologists regularly collaborate with scientists working in such disciplines as botany and physics, analysing environmental remains and dating ancient objects.

Archaeology is a professional discipline, with numerous employment opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

Modules

You can take Archaeology as one of four subjects in the First Arts course. You will be provided with a general introduction to the discipline of Archaeology in Year 1 so you will not need to have any particular background in this subject. You will also be introduced to the Archaeology of Ireland, spanning 10 millennia from the earliest human settlement of the island to the early modern era.

Years 3 and 4 provide foundation and advanced training in Irish and European Archaeology, as well as a range of skills-orientated courses that are necessary for career development.

Overall, the BA degree in Archaeology seeks to balance archaeological theory and culture history courses with those dealing with fieldwork and scientific approaches in the past.

Skills and Careers Information

As well as being an exciting and interesting subject, Archaeology is a professional career qualification, with employment opportunities in Ireland and abroad. Archaeologists work in a wide range of areas and specialisms, including:

  • The State heritage sector
  • Government bodies such as the National Monuments Service and the National Museum of Ireland
  • Local authorities to work in county museums and in county and city heritage offices
  • Commercial archaeology sector in Ireland, servicing the requirements of State agencies such as the National Roads Authority
  • Developers in the private sector.
  • Survey and excavation
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Heritage conservation projects
  • Media and tourism initiatives

Our students acquire important skills that are transferable to other areas of employment, including the ability to think critically, to problem solve and to carry out research, as well as practical ability in fieldwork and computer applications.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Non-EU fee: Please contact the provider; EU Student Contribution Charge: €3,000 per annum and the Capitation Fee: €130 per annum; EU Total fee: €5,815

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

University College Cork

College Road,

Cork,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed ACT. Consideration is given to the High School Grade Point Average (GPA) and SAT or ACT scores. Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and a language and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended). Though not required for all programmes, SAT Subject Tests, Honours, Advanced Placement, and Early College Experience courses are considered, where they benefit the applicant. Band 1 Programmes - Minimum GPA: 3.7/4.0 in High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1470 or ACT: 32. Band 2 Programmes - Minimum GPA: 3.4/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1380 or ACT: 29. Band 3 Programmes - Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 High School Diploma PLUS New SAT: Minimum 1140 or ACT: 23. Additional Requirements -Where Maths is required for a specific degree programme, a minimum score of 640 in SAT or ACT 28 in Maths component or AP 3 is required. Where a Lab Science subject is required for a specific degree programme, a minimum AP score of 3 is required in a Lab Science subject. Applications will be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better. IELTS - International English Language Testing System/ IELTS Indicator Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in each band. TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 90 and minimum of 20 in each section. University of Cambridge: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: 176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English. Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1). Pearson PTE Academic: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section).

For international students

Applications will be considered from applicants whose qualifications are equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate.

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System/ IELTS Indicator Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in each band.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL iBT/TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum overall score of 90 and minimum of 20 in each section.

University of Cambridge: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: 176+ on Cambridge English scale with no less than 169 in each skill and use of English.

Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2), First Certificate, Grade A (CEFR Level C1).

Pearson PTE Academic: Undergraduate Degree Programmes: Minimum of 63 (with at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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