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MA Archaeological Excavation

Course Description

The MA in Archaeological Excavation is a one-year taught course, offered on a full-time basis by the Department of Archaeology in University College Cork. Excavation is central to the practice of archaeology as an academic and professional discipline, with many employment opportunities in Ireland and abroad. This programme is designed to provide advanced training in the theory and practice of excavation, and specifically:

• To develop a critical understanding of the role of excavation in world archaeology, with particular reference to professional practice in Ireland
• To teach research and organizational skills appropriate to the design, execution and completion of archaeological excavation projects to a high archival and publication standard
• To combine academic knowledge and technical training in different areas of current practice, including pre-excavation survey, excavation strategy and methods, and post-excavation analysis.

This MA is intended to provide a strong foundation for students who wish to develop a professional career in archaeological excavation, or find employment in areas where a critical understanding of excavation data is essential.

The delivery is designed to achieve a desirable balance between classroom teaching and field training, covering both academic and technical areas of archaeological excavation. The programme includes five taught modules, a four-week training excavation and the submission of a research dissertation. Students take 90 credits comprising the following modules:
AR6004 Excavation planning and research design (5 credits)
AR6005 Excavation strategy and practice (5 credits)
AR6006 Post-excavation analysis and interpretation (5 credits)
AR6007 Case-studies in archaeological excavation (10 credits)
AR6013 Archaeological survey and remote sensing (5 credits)
AR6008 Training Excavation (15 credits)
AR6001 Dissertation (45 credits)

Apply online at http://www.pac.ie (taught masters code CKE18).
Places on this course will be offered based on a combination of academic qualifications, relevant experience and interview performance. Applicants are required to have a primary degree in archaeology to second class honours level, a Higher Diploma in Archaeology to 2.1 honours level, or equivalent qualifications from universities outside Ireland. The interview process will take account of relevant work experience.
The closing date for applications is 1st June (with late applications accepted once first round offers are made). A limited number of students will be accepted on this course.

Entry Requirements

Primary degree (second class honours award) in Archaeology or Anthropology, a Higher Diploma in Archaeology to 2.1 honours level, or equivalent qualifications from universities outside Ireland

Course Fees

EU students €5,950 (2010-11); Non-EU students €12,715 (2010-11)

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