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Archaeology and Palaeoecology MPhil

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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Archaeology Paleoecology

Course type


Course Summary

This course explores the material manifestations of culture through time and space. We combine innovative scientific methods with theoretically-informed analyses to understand past human experience, bringing together the humanities and the sciences. The combination of environmental archaeology, and especially bio-archaeology, with more traditional approaches to the past, helps to differentiate Queen's from most other archaeology departments and is seen as both a strength and stimulus to future developments. Thematically, we have identified seven areas of particular specialist interest and welcome applications from potential MPhil students interested in these areas: development of agriculture and the cultural landscape in Atlantic Europe, Eurasia and its associated economic, chronological and environmental backdrop; organisation of domestic and ritual space (including landscapes) from prehistory through the post-medieval period in the North Atlantic region; populations and palaeodiet from Ireland to Eurasia; definement of chronologies from selected regions of the world, using the facilities of the 14CHRONO labs; social and bio-archaeological approaches to death, involving the study of mortuary data from Ireland across Eurasia, especially the former Soviet Union.

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Full time


2 years

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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Department profile

A warm Belfast welcome to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Queen's University! Our Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences spans disciplines that impact on lives today and will shape our future. With strength in traditional engineering disciplines, the Faculty - through its seven individual Schools - brings together diverse topics, such as carbon-dating and astrophysics, to create a dynamic multidisciplinary setting...more

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