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Archaeology was established as a department at Queen’s University Belfast in 1948. In 1968, pioneering work in Palaeoecology began at the Nuffield Research Unit, which in 1985 became the Palaeoecology Centre. Today’s Archaeology and Palaeoecology retains the small friendly atmosphere of its past and continues to stand among the UK leaders in these fields.

The Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) was established in 2002, and is leading the way in public involvement in Archaeology; the 14Chrono Centre opened in 2004 through a major £6.2 million investment; and the Department continues to attract substantial research funding for regional, national and international projects totaling more than £5 million in the last five years (2011-2016).

Full details of degrees offered in Archaeology and Palaeoecology through the School of Natural and Built Environment can be found here. Single and Joint honours degrees are available including some unique combinations, such as Joint honours with History or Archaeology with a language, such French, Portuguese or Spanish.

This blogsite offers prospective students further access to information about our facilities, the range of modules taught in-house, and the faculty members who are teaching them; as well as faculty research interests and expertise, and the broader career paths to which they can help students aspire.


Something to shout about!

QUB Archaeology: Joint-1st in the UK by subject for student satisfaction

Archaeology: the only subject at Queen’s to receive 100% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

(QUB Student Guidance Office)

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ArcPal at Queen’s is ranked among the World’s Top 100 Archaeology departments

(QS University Rankings 2017)

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University Archaeology Day 2017 was a huge success and plans are in place to make it an annual event, so watch out for it next year! Details of the 2017 UAD are still available at the website and on Facebook

Upcoming QUB Open Days 2017:

Thursday 7th September (9:30-2:30pm)

Friday 8th September (9:30-2:30pm)

Saturday 9th September (9:30-3:00pm)

ArcPal talks and departmental tours from 10:10-12:30 each day in room 0G/043 Fitzwilliam Street. Also see our stall in the marquee in front of the Lanyan Building and our presentation in the ‘EPS Interactive Zone’ (South Dining Hall). See you there!

Student handbooks:

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(Official student feedback data collected by HEFCE):

BSc (Hons) Archaeology & Palaeoecology

BA (Hons) Archaeology

BA (Joint Hons) Archaeology & History

BA (Joint Hons) Archaeology & Irish

BA (Hons) Archaeology with French

BA (Hons) Archaeology with Spanish

BA (Hons) Archaeology with Portuguese

BSc (Joint Hons) Archaeology-Palaeoecology & Geography

MSci (Hons) Archaeology



 (Image: Level 1 students logging sections at Killard Point, Co. Down – R. Rabett)