BEES Students

There is a long association between the various departments and units in what is now the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and the Departments of Archaeology and Geography, who make-up the School of the Human Environment (SHE). Over the years students at all levels of study from both schools have benefited greatly from this interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. The recently established BA in Geographical and Archaeological Sciences, having a strong biological and earth science focus, provides opportunity to further strengthen these links.

Schedule of Modules

Listed below are modules open to BSc Earth/Environmental Science or BSc Geology students (timetables permitting). These modules form part of the Second and Third Year BA Programme.

Those outlined in bold are particularly suited to Environmental and Earth Science students.

With a few exceptions, all Archaeology Modules are run in 6-week blocks over two 12-week Semesters (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b).

Semester 1a

  • AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe (5 credits)
  • AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland (5 credits)
  • AR3039 The Archaeology of the Early Irish Church
  • AR3052 Beyond the Celtic World: Ireland in the first millennium BC (5 credits)
  • AR3053 Landscape Archaeology (5 credits)
  • AR3055 Transitions in Prehistory: Ireland in the Third Millennium BC

Semester 1b

  • AR2047 The Iron Age in Western and Central Europe (5 credits)
  • AR3037 The Viking World and Ireland (5 credits)
  • AR3054 Late Iron Age Ireland and the Roman World (5 credits)

Semester 2a

  • AR2014 Artefact Studies (5 credits)
  • AR2037 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology (5 credits)
  • AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists (5 credits)
  • AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics
  • AR3045 The Industrial Archaeology of Ireland, AD1750-1930
  • AR3051 Wetland Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments (5 credits)

Semester 2b

  • AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics (5 credits)
  • AR3040 Health, Diet and Disease in Early Societies (5 credits)
  • AR3050 Archaeo-palynology (5 credits)
Find out more
  • Visit the Second and Third Year BA (General) pages to find out more about these courses. Note that module codes beginning in AR2*** refer to Second Year BA (General) courses and those beginning with AR3*** are Third Year BA (General) courses.
  • See UCC's Online Timetable for department/module timetables.
  • See UCC's Book of Modules for further module information.
  • Should you have any further queries, please contact Dr Ben Gearey ( who is currently the designated advisor for BEES students studying Archaeology.
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