Archaeology, Geography & History

Course Information

BSc(Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Undergraduate Full Time

CAO Code: DN700
CAO Points Range 2019: 389
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

This pathway brings together the archival strengths of History, the spatial expertise of Geography, and the material analytical approaches of Archaeology to develop understandings of how the landscape shaped humans at the same time as humans shape the landscape. It is a unique interdisciplinary combination of natural and cultural perspectives on the formation, cultural significance and management of the landscape. The programme has clear links to the expanding Heritage sector and students will develop a range of transferable skills.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates from these fields will be well placed for employment in the varied and expanding Heritage Sector, including cultural and natural heritage.

Other likely pathways include:

  • secondary school teaching
  • the archaeological profession
  • the museum sector
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • surveying or cartography
  • archive or library work.

What Will I Study

Students will study modules in Archaeology, Geography and History, as well as interdisciplinary modules designed specifically for this programme. This will include key methods and principles of the three disciplines, drawing on Irish and international case studies and standards. Teaching will include classroom based learning, laboratory and field components, with an emphasis on high levels of student engagement, culminating in a student-led interdisciplinary research project in the final year of the programme.

First Year

Introduction to the three subject areas. A special core module for this programme, Making the Irish Landscape, highlights the distinctive and exciting focus on Landscapes and Society. All first year social science students also study the core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century.

Second Year

Key methods and principles in all disciplines are introduced, and students begin to explore specific sub-disciplines within Geography, History and Archaeology.

Third Year

The focus in year three is on diverse and formative learning experiences. You will have the opportunity to apply for an internship, as well as to undertake overseas fieldwork in a European location.

Fourth Year

Final year will facilitate greater depth of analysis and understanding. A major independent interdisciplinary research project, closely supervised by academics, will be a key requirement.


A range of assessment types including: essays, reviews, portfolios, lab reports, projects, exams and substantial independent research will be undertaken.

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International Study Opportunities

Semester-long study opportunities will be offered in a number of international partner universities.


“Studying this combination of subjects was not only academically beneficial but very exciting. Although each discipline has its own unique characteristics, they perfectly complemented each other, which meant that studying one subject strongly promoted my development in the others also. As a result of the great variety of modules offered, I could always find the ones that matched my interests and I could gain and develop strong critical and analytical skills through courses that I truly enjoyed. During my time as a student of this programme, I have received incredible support from the teaching and technical staff, who went far beyond my expectations. I would recommend this combination of courses to anyone who is interested in both Environmental and Social Sciences.’’

Csaba Horvath, Graduate

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