MA Programmes

MA Programmes

The Department of Archaeology currently offers two taught masters degrees covering 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.

MA Museum Studies

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 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)
  • AR6026 Work placement 1 (10 credits)
  • AR6029 Work placement 2 (10 credits)
  • AR6030  The Exhibition Experience (10 credits)
  • AR6027 Dissertation (35 credits)

Apply on line at (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

MA Human Osteoarchaeology

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 as follows:

Part I

  • AN6001  Regional and Topographical Anatomy (10 credits)
  • AR6009  The Archaeology of Life and Death (5 credits)
  • AR6011  Biocultural Approaches to Human Remains (5 credits)
  • AR6014  Osteoarchaeology Laboratory (10 credits)
  • AR6031  Palaeopathology (5 credits)
  • ST2001  Introduction to Biostatistics (5 credits)

Part II

  • AR6003  Dissertation in Human Osteoarchaeology (45 credits)

Apply on line at (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 (

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