The MA in Archaeological Excavation is a one-year taught course, offered on a full-time basis by the Department of Archaeology. Excavation is central to the practice of archaeology as an academic and professional discipline, with many employment opportunities in Ireland and abroad. This course will provide advanced training in the theory and practice of excavation, and specifically:
- develop a critical understanding of the role of excavation in world archaeology, with particular reference to professional practice in Ireland
- teach research and organisational skills appropriate to the design and execution of archaeological excavation projects to a high standard
- combine academic knowledge and technical training in different areas of current practice, including pre-excavation survey, excavation strategy and methods, and post-excavation analysis.
The course will provide a strong foundation for students who wish to develop a professional career in archaeological excavation, or find employment in areas where a critical understanding of excavation is essential.
The MA is designed to achieve a desirable balance between classroom teaching and field training, covering both academic and technical areas of archaeological excavation. The course includes five taught modules, a four-week training excavation and the submission of a research dissertation.
Modules (90 credits):
AR6004 Excavation Planning and Research Design (5 credits)
AR6005 Excavation Strategy and Practice (5 credits)
AR6006 Post-excavation Analysis and Interpretation (5 credits)
AR6007 Case-studies in Archaeological Excavation (10 credits)
AR6013 Archaeological Survey and Remote Sensing (5 credits)
AR6008 Training Excavation (15 credits)
AR6001 Dissertation (45 credits)
For further details on the course content and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate Academic Calendar
Course Code: CKE18 Full-time
Course Title: Archaeology - Archaeological Excavation
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,300 full-time;
2016 Entry Requirements: You will have an honours primary degree in archaeology or anthropology to 2.2 honours level or a Higher Diploma in Archaeology to 2.1 honours level (see detailed entry requirements)
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
Lectures take place over six months (October to March), with an average of six hours per week. You will attend additional computer lab practicals in October and November, a two-day field survey exercise in October, as well as a number of one-day excursions in the following months. There is also mandatory attendance on a one-week training excavation in April and a five-week training excavation in May.
The taught courses are examined by continuous assessment, with a combination of essays, projects, class presentations and fieldwork exercises. The training excavation is assessed by project work, while a research dissertation must be submitted at end of year.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here: CKE18AdditionalQuestions (105kB)