History at Queen's offers students a wide choice of modules. Courses span a long chronological period from Ancient History through to the Contemporary History of the late twentieth century. The School has specialists in ancient, medieval, early modern and modern history. The modules on offer to undergraduates also cover a wide geographical area that includes Ireland, England, Scotland, Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Students can choose modules that focus on gender, social and cultural history, colonial history, politics, religious and economic change.
Anthropology is the study of human diversity around the world. In studying anthropology, you will learn how different societies live together and think about such topics as family, sex, religion, art, and economics and gain skills increasingly in demand in a globalized and automated world.
Studying anthropology at Queen's will allow you to examine some of the deepest and most pressing questions about human beings. Issues addressed in our modules include:
Does globalisation mean the end of cultural difference?
Can a post-conflict society heal?
How do ritual traditions, musical performances, and art shape cultural identities?
How do some people become willing to die for a group?
Through classroom modules, optional placements, and your own anthropological fieldwork, you will also gain valuable skills in critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, researching, interviewing, writing, and presenting.
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Anthropology and History Degree highlights
In the Research Excellence Framework of 2014, Anthropology at Queen's was equal first in the UK in terms of research impact with 100% 4*.
- Undergraduate anthropology students, as part of their training, have carried out ethnographic field research around the world. Projects have focused on orphanages in Kenya; AIDS in southern Africa, education in Ghana; dance in India, NGOs in Guatemala, music in China, marriage in Japan, backpacking in Europe, and whale-watching in Hawaii.In addition, through the different stages of the dissertation module (preparation and research design, fieldwork itself, and post-fieldwork writing-up), students develop a range of skills (organizational skills, interpersonal skills, information-handling skills, and project management skills) that prepare them for later employment. Many of our students work with NGOs and other organisations as part of their fieldwork.Study Abroad: all students within this degree programme will have the possibility of opting to study for a semester abroad in their third year at an English-speaking university in mainland Europe. There is also a possibility for some to spend an additional year in the United States under the Study USA programme.
World Class Facilities
- The Performance Room includes a variety of musical instruments from around the world, a collection that has grown since the 1970s when Ethnomusicology was first established as an International Centre at Queen's by the late Professor John Blacking. These instruments, together with the sprung performance room floor, facilitate music and dance ensembles, enabling our unit to remain one of the leading departments in Ethnomusicology.Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.Institute of Cognition and CultureInstitute of Irish StudiesTwo International Summer schools (the Irish Studies Summer School; and the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School)
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Anthropology at Queen's has international renown in the following areas:Ethnomusicology and performanceConflict and bordersReligionCognition and cultureMigration and diasporasIrish studiesMaterial culture and artHuman-animal relationsThe cross-cultural study of emotions
- QUB anthropology received very high scores in the 2016 National Student Survey and was ranked 3rd in the UK according to the 2018 Guardian University Guide.
Skills to enhance employability
Studying for an Anthropology degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are increasingly valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Through classroom modules, optional placements and your own anthropological fieldwork, you will gain valuable skills in critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, researching, interviewing, writing, and presenting.
Career pathways typically lead to employment in:
d.Development, NGO work, International Policy, Public Sector
e.Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Community Work
f.Arts Administration, Creative Industries, Media, Performance, Heritage, Museums, Tourism
h.Public and Private Sector related to Religious Negotiation, Multiculturalism/Diversity
i.Teaching in schools
j.Academic Teaching and Research
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates
Our graduates have followed careers in the fields of Development, Policy, Public Sector; Arts Administration, Creative Cultural Industries, Media, Performance, Heritage Policy, Museums, Tourism; International Policy, Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Community Work; NGO work and the Public Sector related to: Religious Negotiation, Peace Building, Multiculturalism, and Diversity
A growing number of Internship opportunities will match dissertation students with organisations and institutions relevant to their career paths by building on local and international staff networks and professional connections.
Current placement partners include
•Operation Wallacea, which works with teams of ecologists, scientists and academics on a variety of bio-geographical projects around the globe.
•Belfast Migration Centre offers students of the module 'Migration, Displacement and Diasporas' internship opportunities in their 'Belonging Project'.
As part of undergraduate training, students have the opportunity to use practice-based research skills during eight weeks of ethnographic fieldwork in areas of their specialisation, which can entail working with organisations around the globe.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.