Archaeology, M.Sc. | University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
12 months
21520 EUR/year
7990 EUR/year
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Archaeology at the University College Dublin is the discipline of things, exploring how people in the past created unique societies through their construction, use and perception of landscapes, plants, animals and things. Archaeology can explore the origins and character of past societies, population migrations, and the relationship between human behaviour, landscapes, material culture and climatic and environmental change. 


Key facts:

  • Archaeology at the University College Dublin holds many opportunities for an interesting and rewarding career, in archaeological practice, in cultural heritage and archaeological management and conservation, in museums and curation, in academic research and in public engagement and education. 
  • Your learning will be built around engaging and training in key archaeological skills, such as Landscape Archaeology, Artefact and Material Culture studies, Environmental Archaeology, Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.), LiDAR and Remote Sensing and Archaeological Field Practice. You will also have the opportunity to take specific modules and design and complete an MSc Dissertation so as to specialise in particularly chronological or cultural periods (e.g. Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age/Roman, Early Medieval, Medieval, Historical/Post-Medieval). You will complete your MSc Dissertation on a chosen topic, supervised by an expert in the field.

Programme Structure

  • The MSc in Archaeology will be taught by UCD School of Archaeology experts working at the cutting edge of current research on past societies, their landscapes, things and times. You will explore and investigate how archaeologists investigate the past through seminars and practical projects and you will benefit from the School’s excellent field facilities and laboratories.
  • The MSc programme (90 credits) is structured around a series of core modules with thematic options. The 30 credits of core modules comprise three 10-credit specialist modules in Material Culture (10 credits), Landscape Archaeologies: Reconstructing, Imagining, Writing (10 credits) and Archaeological Field Methods (10 credits). These modules provide you with the critical and reflective skills required to understand how archaeologists analyse and interpret prehistoric objects, sites, bodies, monuments and landscapes.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This programme is intended for applicants with a background in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Geography, Environmental Studies or other cognate disciplines. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent, is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21520 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21520 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7990 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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