Course Information

BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN500 (Joint Honours)
CAO Points Range 2016: 310 - 575
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 85

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, a third language & three other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects.

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Choosing Archaeology

Archaeology can be taken as part of a Joint Honours degree (DN5OO). At the end of first year there is an opportunity to transfer to a single subject degree in Archaeology. Review the subjects you can study with this course here.

Why is this course for me?

Do you want to study a subject that combines the intellectual analysis of the humanities with the methods of social sciences and other scientific approaches? Do you want to learn how to assess and explain data and make connections between different types of evidence? Do you want to develop practical skills valued by employers such as report writing, image production and fieldwork? Archaeology is a truly interdisciplinary subject crossing diverse disciplines from history and geography to ancient DNA and bone chemistry. If you study this course, we can promise you that you will see the world, time and the human condition in an entirely new way.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Many graduates have found employment within the archaeological profession, in consultancy, professional contract work, museums and education. Many more have used their transferable skills to become:

  • Business and industry entrepreneurs
  • Policymakers in arts and education
  • Journalists and cultural critics
  • Tourism leaders

Graduate study opportunities in UCD include the MA/MSc in Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology or World Heritage Management and the MLitt/PhD in Archaeology.

What Will I Study

First Year

  • Exploring Archaeology
  • The Prehistoric World
  • The Archaeology of the Historical World
  • Introduction to Archaeology of Ireland

Second Year

Core courses:

  • How Archaeologists Think
  • Archaeology of Things
  • Archaeology of Landscapes

Optional Courses:

  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Stone Age & Megalithic Europe
  • Christian, Islamic & Viking Europe
  • Celtic & Mediterranean Europe
  • The Evolution of Humans

Third Year

Core courses:

  • Heritage Management
  • Archaeology and the Public

A wide range of optional courses are
available including:

  • Archaeology of Food
  • Combat Archaeology
  • Experimental Archaeology & Ancient Technologies
  • Archaeology of Minoan Crete
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Wetland Archaeology
  • Adoption of Agriculture

You study Archaeology as a two-subject degree. [Go to Page 35 for subjects you can combine with Archaeology.] At the end of first year, you may be able to transfer to a single-subject degree in Archaeology. You will attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and field trips and undertake independent study. You may also work on excavations and in the laboratory, and within the School’s Experimental Archaeology space on campus. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester written examinations, continuous assessment and independent learning. In your final year you may also undertake a research project.

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities to study abroad may include Europe and the US, Canada and the
Philippines. Work placement opportunities have included projects in Ireland, Northern and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.


“I always had an interest in archaeology, so when I came to study in UCD, I decided to try it. I really enjoyed the diversity it offered, the great field trips and the lifelong friends I made. My initial interest grew into something more than that and I decided to make a career of it. The fact that staff were so approachable helped enormously, and through their involvement with the student Archaeology Society they seemed so much more accessible and less daunting. I am now doing my PhD in UCD School of Archaeology, researching childhood in early medieval Ireland.”

Denise Keating, Graduate