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 top ten 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, Geography or Irish, as well as an integrated undergraduate Masters degree (MSci), and Archaeology Single honours programmes that include an additional language qualification in French, Portuguese or Spanish.

This site 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: Ranked 7th in the UK for Archaeology in The 2019 Guardian League Table

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

Archaeology: the only subject within our School to receive 100% satisfaction in teaching (NSS 2018).

(QUB Student Guidance Office)

QS Archaeology

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

(QS University Rankings 2018)

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Upcoming QUB & ArcPal Open Days:

ArcPal Archaeology Taster Day

  • Saturday, November 10th, 2018 (10.00am – 3.00pm)

Regional Open Days

  • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 (9.30am – 3.00pm) in Derry
  • Thursday, February 14th, 2019 (9.30am – 3.00pm) in Newry
  • Friday, February 15th, 2019 (9.30am – 3.00pm) in Omagh

Science @ QUB Open Evening

  • Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 (6.00pm – 9.30pm)

ArcPal talks and departmental tours will be 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!


(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)