This modular course has core units in Irish Archaeology in a Global Perspective (20 credits), Landscape Palaeoecology (20 credits), Topics in Archaeology and Environment and a Dissertation (60 credits, over the summer). The rest of the modules (20 credits each) are from the Dating and Chronology programme which include Chronology Methods and Application (dendrochronology, tephrochronology and radiocarbon dating and calibration including Bayesian analysis), Practical 14C dating and Chronology Analysis and Modeling . It thus allows genuinely specialist preparation for doctoral study or professional development, and makes full use of the excellent resources available.
The programme is available as 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time. All taught elements may also be taken in clusters of 60 CATS points as CPD units for a Postgraduate Certificate.
The programme may appeal to students with a general interest in theoretical, scientific-environmental or practical archaeology, landscape conservation, planning and environment and heritage. It is designed to provide a base for further research training and as a foundation for career development in specialised or general archaeology and environmental-palaeoecological work. Participants will be trained in a range of key technical, methodological, theoretical practical and transferable skills in the compulsory units and these will be extended in the electives. Students will develop advanced skills in their electives and Dissertation, which they will choose to meet their interests and career development.