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Queen’s University Belfast, Full Time Masters Degrees in History & Archaeology

We have 11 Queen’s University Belfast, Full Time Masters Degrees in History & Archaeology

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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). Read more
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.

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The MA in Irish Studies at Queen’s provides students with an unrivalled opportunity to examine Ireland in its global contexts. Read more
The MA in Irish Studies at Queen’s provides students with an unrivalled opportunity to examine Ireland in its global contexts. With options from Literature, History, Politics, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Sociology the MA allows students to pursue challenging cross-disciplinary themes such as heritage and identities, language and arts, peace and conflict, reflecting the rich cultural legacy of Ireland at home and across the world. Students will explore the possibilities and opportunities in inter-disciplinary work in one of the world’s leading centres of Irish Studies research. Our new core interdisciplinary module on ‘Belfast: Place, Identity and Memory in a Contested City' introduces students to debates in Irish Studies through the case study of Belfast in its historical, cultural, political and social aspects. We will guide students in choosing Irish-related options to meet their particular interests and provide appropriate research training to undertake a research dissertation on their chosen subject.

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The "Heritage Science" MSc develops professional skills required in a variety of careers in heritage science, building conservation and landscape characterisation. Read more
The "Heritage Science" MSc develops professional skills required in a variety of careers in heritage science, building conservation and landscape characterisation. To enable heritage practitioners to record, analyse and report on historic buildings, monuments and landscapes, foundation modules offer an intensive training programme in digital data capture, including heritage applications of GIS, GPS, Lidar, and spatial analyses and 3D visualization techniques. All modules are 'hands-on' and elective modules cover practical and scientific skills in evaluating natural and cultural heritage environments. Students also undertake an internship in collaboration with a conservation/heritage organization, or professional, and prepare a major report or dissertation.

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This course explores themes in Irish history from the late medieval period to the 20th century. Read more
This course explores themes in Irish history from the late medieval period to the 20th century. All students receive research training in using Irish historical resources and take a core course on contemporary and Irish historiography, then opt for pathway study in either 'Irish Women's History' or 'Culture, Politics and Identity in Ireland', and a research dissertation of their choice. For more details, visit: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history

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This course explores themes in modern history from the 18th to the 20th century. Read more
This course explores themes in modern history from the 18th to the 20th century. All students receive research training in using historical resources and take a core course on contemporary historiography, then opt for pathway study in either British History or American History, and a research dissertation of their choice. For more details, visit: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history

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The MA is designed to develop historical skills and provide deeper knowledge of themes in ancient history. Core courses explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics; option courses focus on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history. Read more
The MA is designed to develop historical skills and provide deeper knowledge of themes in ancient history. Core courses explore research skills and methodologies such as epigraphy, historiography and numismatics; option courses focus on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman history. For more details visit: http://www.qub.ac.uk/history

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The MA in Medieval Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to explore one of the most interesting areas of English studies. Read more
The MA in Medieval Literature (one year full-time or two years part-time) allows students to explore one of the most interesting areas of English studies. Students participate in seminars and symposia, experience the challenges of Middle English, Old English or medieval Latin (amongst others), and engage with staff and visiting experts in some of the pressing methodological and critical debates of the day. The course is also designed to introduce students to the possibilities of doctoral study in the area. Funding is available to the best students from various sources, including AHRC, DEL and the School of English at Queen’s.

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The MA History programme at Queen’s is designed around students’ research interests and provides the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. Read more
The MA History programme at Queen’s is designed around students’ research interests and provides the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. There are seven strands (African and Asian; American; British; Irish; Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern; Public History and Religion, Identity and Conflict). Within each strand, students can opt to specialise in particular areas such as gender history, religious history, social history, political history or economic history. Or, they can create a more varied personal programme of study. The School has a host of world leading experts in all periods of time from Ancient to Contemporary History.

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This programme prepares graduate students for a professional career in field and practical archaeology through three compulsory modules and three optional modules, together with a dissertation. Read more
This programme prepares graduate students for a professional career in field and practical archaeology through three compulsory modules and three optional modules, together with a dissertation. The compulsory modules are (1) Archaeological Excavation, (2) Post-Excavation Strategies, and (3) Archaeological Practice, where students undertake a placement with the School's fieldwork unit (the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork) and a commercial-sector archaeological company. Optional modules include (1) Topographical and Digital Surveying, (2) the archaeology of buildings, and (3) cultural landscapes.

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The aims of the programme are. 1. To support students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present. Read more

AIM

The aims of the programme are:

1. To support students in the development of their intellectual and practical skills through the study and interpretation of cultural heritage artefacts, their historic societal significance and relationship with the landscape and the wider environment in the past and the present.

2. To demonstrate how geo-spatial technologies and techniques (including GIS, scanning and digitisation) play a central role in the recording, analysis, interpretation and management of cultural heritage across a range of scales from excavated items, archaeological sites, and paper records to historic buildings, monuments and their landscapes.

WHY QUEEN'S?

In the new programme the internationally recognised expertise within GAP with regard to the development and application of digitisation and scanning technologies will be more fully used and integrated into the student learning experience.

The integration of these skills with wider academic expertise in Archaeology and the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), and Geography and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) will create a unique 'heritage' focused programme in which students will experience heritage in its widest context and will have the opportunity to acquire and practice a wide range of geo-spatial skills and explore the conceptual issues associated with their application.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

MSc: successfully complete the five taught modules (120 CATS) and undertake independent research for the dissertation (60 CATS).

PgDip: successfully complete the same five taught modules but do not take the dissertation module.

PgCert: successfully complete the two Semester 1 modules.

Semester 1
GIS Technologies: Application and Practice (30 credits)
Introduction to Cultural Heritage and GIS (30 credits)

Semester 2
Heritage Structures (20 credits)
Heritage Landscapes (20 credits)
Professional Practice Placement (20 credits)

Semester 3
Dissertation (60 credits)

LEARNING AND TEACHING

One of the modules included in the Cultural Heritage and GIS programme includes a residential field course (between 5-10 days).

CAREER PROSPECTS

The market for those with a qualification in Cultural Heritage and GIS can be defined as:

professionals who are involved in providing scientific understanding in the support of heritage protection
professionals engaged in dealing with the digital documentation and portrayal of heritage structures and landscapes
professionals seeking a targeted training in the use of digital data handling, especially through the application of GIS
those wishing to develop a career in cultural heritage conservation and/or management;
those already employed in cultural heritage management who require the updating of qualifications, or the improvement of existing ones, in order to reflect new developments in technology and thinking.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK

Teaching is achieved through various combinations of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork and is supported by intensive self-guided independent learning. All assessment is coursework based and will be individually undertaken. The dissertation submission is an independent piece of research undertaken by each student under the supervision of an academic member of staff. Both formative and summative feedback will be given through, as appropriate, oral and written means. The pass mark for all assessments is 50 per cent. Students must obtain an overall 50 per cent pass mark for this taught programme (five modules) before progression from the PG Diploma to Masters.

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HOW TO APPLY

Applications for admission to the vast majority of postgraduate programmes are submitted online via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal. The online system also allows application for funding where appropriate.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Dr Paul Ell
School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
Tel: 9097 3186
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WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/gap

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The MRes in Arts and Humanities is a research preparation degree that offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced studies within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s. Read more
The MRes in Arts and Humanities is a research preparation degree that offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced studies within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s. The course is structured around the personal research interests of each student and supported by a bespoke research preparation portfolio and a range of optional modules in areas related to the research. The MRes is available in a wide range of disciplines within the Faculty and the Institute of Theology. For research interests of staff, see 'Course details' on: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Course-Finder/PCF1718/PTCF1718/Course/ArtsandHumanitiesMResPGCert.html


The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s is the largest Faculty in the University, with almost 8000 students and more than 25 disciplines. The following subject areas were ranked in the top 20 in the UK Sunday Times League Table: Creative Writing (2nd), French (2nd), Linguistics (3rd), Iberian Studies (5th), Communication and Media Studies (16th) and English (19th). In addition, Performing Arts was ranked in the top 50 in the world QS Rankings.

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