Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) or BA (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN700 BSc Social Sciences
CAO Points Range 2018: 392
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 500

CAO Code: DN520 BA Arts
CAO Points Range 2018: 381
Length of Course: 3 Years
Average Intake: 350

Leaving Certificate:

DN700 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics and three other recognised subjects

DN520 – O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you study Archaeology, we can promise you that you will see the world, time and the human condition in an entirely new way. Archaeology is a uniquely multidisciplinary subject, using all sources of evidence from the past, from ancient manuscripts to the scientific analysis of plants, animals and materials. Through undertaking Archaeology as a degree, you will learn how to assess, explain and make connections between different types of evidence that will allow you to develop a deeper understanding about the past. Students will also develop practical skills valued by employers, such as report writing, teamwork, presentation, communication and analytical skills.


Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Studying Archaeology provides a flexibility of thought and a range of practical skills that make our graduates highly employable in a number of sectors, including the varied and expanding Heritage Sector. Graduates have also found employment within the archaeological profession, in consultancy, professional contract work, museums and education. Others have used their transferable skills to become business and industry entrepreneurs, policymakers in arts and education, journalists, cultural critics and tourism leaders. Graduate study opportunities in UCD include the MA in Archaeology, MSc in Experimental Archaeology, the MSc in World Heritage Management and the MLitt/PhD in Archaeology.

What Will I Study

You will study through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, field trips and practical engagement.

First Year

In first year, you will engage with Archaeology as a subject. No prior knowledge is assumed. Modules may include:

  • Exploring Archaeology
  • Introduction to the Archaeology Ireland
  • Introduction to Anthropology.
  • All first year social sciences students also study a core module, Societal Challenges in the Twenty First Century
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus an Elective module.

Second Year

In second year, we will build on the knowledge you gained in first year and explore how various approaches to Archaeology allow us to develop a better understanding of the past. Modules may include:

  • Archaeology of Things
  • Archaeology of Prehistoric & Historic Europe
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.

Third Year

You will have an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of Archaeological themes. During this year, you can also choose to undertake a placement in Ireland or abroad. Modules may include:

  • Archaeology of Food
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Hunter Gatherers
  • Early Medieval Europe
  • Heritage Management
  • Plus another subject
  • Plus Elective modules.

In third year, students can opt to take a single major in Archaeology.

Fourth Year

Fourth year is designed to give you more ownership of your Archaeological learning. Amongst other modules, you will have an opportunity to conduct your own research project.

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How Will I Study

Studying Archeology (BSc Social Sciences)

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Studying Archeology (BA Arts)

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Studying Archeology (BA Humanities)

International Study Opportunities

Opportunities for International Study in Semester Two of Third Year may include:

  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • North America
  • China
  • Australia.

Students studying Archaeology with Chinese will study abroad for their third year.


“I always had an interest in Archaeology, so when I came to 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. I have now completed a PhD in UCD School of Archaeology, researching childhood in early medieval Ireland.”

Denise Keating PhD 2014

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