Students on this course will receive intensive tuition in the Irish language. You may chose from a wide range of modules relating to Irish culture and society such as film-making, the short story, poetry, Gaelic identity, mythology and Scottish Gaelic. In Anthropology, you will explore what it means to be human, learn about human cultural diversity, compare societies and cultures from around the world and understand how conflict arises and how resolutions are found.
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 Irish 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*.
- You will have a chance to spend up to a year studying business in the US or you can take a semester at another university in Europe.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.
- We have former students in senior positions in most Irish language sectors and we maintain good links with media production companies, the translation sector and language promotion agencies.In Anthropology, 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'.
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 Culture•Institute of Irish Studies•Two International Summer schools (the Irish Studies Summer School; and the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School)
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Queen's has world-leading experts in the history of the Irish language and literature and had the highest ranked research unit including Irish and Celtic languages in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.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
Students receive a certificate of distinction for first class performance in the Level 3 oral.
There are a number of undergraduate prizes available to top-performing students in Irish.
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.