MA Programmes

The Department of Archaeology offers three taught masters degrees covering archaeological excavation, human osteoarchaeology and museum studies. These one-year programmes are designed with professional training requirements in mind and have a research component. See the sections below for further information on these programmes, and please contact us should you have any queries or require further details.

The MA in Museum Studies is a one-year taught course (NFQ Level 9), offered on a full-time basis by the Department of Archaeology, with the support of the Department of Management and Marketing in UCC, and the National Museum of Ireland. The aim is to provide a broad academic and professional training in all aspects of museum design, management and education. This course is designed for those who wish to enter the museum or heritage centre profession In Ireland or abroad, or who wish to pursue PhD research in museology and related fields.

The Programme

Programme Directors: Dr Colin Rynne and Mr John Sheehan

This 90-credit programme is made up of taught courses, supervised work placements in museums, the production of a temporary museum exhibition and a research dissertation, as follows:

  • AR6022  The Museum in the 21st century (5 credits)
  • AR6028  Museum Curation (5 credits)
  • AR6025  Museums and the Public (5 credits)
  • AR6023 The Museum Environment (5 credits)
  • MG6019 The Management and Marketing of Museums (5 credits)
  • AR6026 Work placement 1 (10 credits)
  • AR6029 Work placement 2 (10 credits)
  • AR6030  The Exhibition Experience (10 credits)
  • AR6027 Dissertation (35 credits)
Applications

Apply on line at www.pac.ie (taught masters code CKD09)

Students should possess a primary degree to second honours level from a recognized third-level institution, in one of the following disciplines: Archaeology, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Heritage Studies or Local Studies.  Applications will also be considered from graduates in other disciplines who have a demonstrable interest and/or experience in museum work. All applicants will be interviewed.

You can visit the University's Programme Page for information on applying, entry requirements, course practicalities, assessment, etc.

A limited number of students will be accepted on this course.

For further information please contact John Sheehan jsheehan@ucc.ie

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.

The programme 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 Programme

Programme Director: Professor William O’Brien

This MA 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 taught modules, a four-week training excavation and the submission of a research dissertation. Students take 90 credits comprising the following modules:

  • AR6013  Archaeological survey and remote sensing (5 credits)
  • AR6004 Archaeological Excavation: Planning and Research Design (5 credits)
  • AR6005 Archaeological Excavation: Strategy and Practice (5 credits)
  • AR6006 Post-excavation Analysis and Interpretation (5 credits)
  • AR6007 Case Studies in Archaeological Excavation (10 credits)
  • AR6008 Training Excavation (15 credits)
  • AR6001 Dissertation (45 credits)
Applications

Apply on line at 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 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).

You can visit the University's Programme Page for information on applying, entry requirements, course practicalities, assessment, etc.

A limited number of students will be accepted on this course.

For further information please contact Professor William O’Brien (w.obrien@ucc.ie).

Please note that this course is currently offered on alternating years.
Next intake: September 2015

The Department of Archaeology at University College Cork has a long tradition of research and teaching in Human Osteoarchaeology.  The taught MA in Human Osteoarchaeology is a one-year, full-time, vocationally orientated programme in Human Osteoarchaeology.  This provides both a basis for application in the work place and an opportunity for students to continue into PhD research.  The programme is designed to give students an in-depth, critical knowledge of this area of study, and specifically:

• To develop a critical understanding of the history of development of bioarchaeology and its relationship to other archaeological and biological sub-disciplines.
• To apply knowledge of human biological variability and its relevance to cultural, historical and archaeological contexts.
• To apply knowledge of a range of bioarchaeological methods which involve the quantification and analysis of age at death, sex, activity patterns, growth and development and pathological conditions identifiable in human remains.

The Programme

Programme Director: Dr. Barra Ó Donnabháin

The delivery is designed to achieve a desirable balance between classroom teaching and technical training, covering both academic and technical areas of osteoarchaeology. The programme includes seven taught modules and the submission of a research dissertation. Students take a total of 90 credits comprising the following modules:

  • AR6009   The Archaeology of Life and Death (5 credits)
  • AR6010   Archaeogenetics (5 credits)
  • AR6011   Biocultural Approaches to Human Remains (5 credits)
  • AR6012   Palaeopathology Seminar (5 credits)
  • AR6014   Osteoarchaeology Laboratory (10 credits)
  • AR6015   Quantitative Methods in Bioarchaeology (5 credits)
  • AN3006   Regional and Topographical Anatomy (10 credits)
  • AR6001   Dissertation (45 credits)
Applications

Apply on line at www.pac.ie (taught masters code CKE17)

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 2.1 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).

You can visit the University's Programme Page for information on applying, entry requirements, course practicalities, assessment, etc.

A limited number of students will be accepted on this course.

Please note that this course is currently offered on alternating years.

For further information please contact Dr. Barra Ó Donnabháin (barraod@ucc.ie).

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