UCC Undergraduate courses

Geographical & Archaeological Sciences (Unavailable from 2022)

About This Course

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  • Title

    Geographical & Archaeological Sciences (Unavailable from 2022)

  • Code


  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    3 or 4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BA (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; O6/H7 in another language. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    Unavailable from 2022

  • CAO Points Range

    Unavailable from 2022

Course Outline

This course will appeal to students interested in the past and present relationship between human societies and their environments, and issues relating to heritage management, the environment and sustainable living. 

Geography and Archaeology are closely related disciplines, concerned with concepts of time and space in relation to human culture and landscape. This BA offers a broad foundation in both, with relevant teaching in the areas of computer science, earth science and environmental science. The aim is to provide you with a wide range of vocational skills relevant to Geography and Archaeology that are also transferable to other areas of employment.

Year 1 Modules

All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

AR1001 The Archaeology of Ireland in Context (15 credits)

GG1013 Environmental Geography 

GG1014 Society and Space: Geographies of Globalisation, Difference and Inequality

GG1015 Applied Geography

CS1201 Introduction to Computer Systems (15 credits)

EV1002 The Environment

BL1004 Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals

GL1004 Geological Evolution of Ireland

You will get a broad exposure to the disciplines of archaeology and geography, as well as a foundation in computer science, earth science and environmental science.

The archaeology course will give you an introduction to this discipline, as well as a general survey of the archaeology of Ireland in its European context. The geography course will give you a foundation in cultural, economic and physical areas of the discipline.

You must take a computer science module focusing on internet applications, as well as courses that provide a basic introduction to earth science and environmental science.

Year 2

You will take modules in different areas of the two core disciplines, as well as having the option of taking modules in computer science, earth science and environmental science.

The archaeology course offers modules on different aspects of theory and practice in archaeology, including culture history courses on the prehistoric and historic eras in Ireland and Europe. The geography course includes modules on social and political geography, geomorphology and geoinformatics, as well as areas such as coastal environments, tourism studies and environmental sustainability.

You will take a one-week field course at Easter, where you will apply different analytical approaches and methodologies to a study of a particular landscape.

Year 3

Advanced learning and training is provided in the core disciplines.

The archaeology course includes modules on environmental archaeology, the study of human remains, and advanced teaching on Irish prehistory and the archaeology of historic Ireland. You will also take a module on professional practice, which introduces the main employment areas in the discipline. Geography teaching includes courses on geoinformatics and remote sensing, on heritage, geomorphology and urban geography.

You will also undertake a research dissertation in either archaeology or geography.

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Course Practicalities

The degree incorporates a range of lecture and field courses taken on a full-time basis over three years.

The teaching is divided between compulsory and optional courses, where you can follow different learning pathways within and across the two disciplines. This will provide you with a common foundation of knowledge, skills and experience, while offering you the opportunity to tailor your degree according to your specific interests and ambitions.

Field trips

Fieldwork is an important element, with teaching excursions organised for many modules. A field school takes place in Year 2, where you apply analytical approaches and methods in archaeology and geography to the analysis of contemporary and ancient landscapes.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including essays, lab practicals, projects etc. Class attendance is compulsory, as is participation in fieldwork.

Who teaches this course

The degree is taught by academic staff in the School of the Human Environment (Archaeology and Geography), with contributions from staff in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology and the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in UCC.

Why Choose This Course

The BA helped me to develop analytical, critical thinking skills and independent research skills...

Irene O'Sullivan

BA Geography and Archaeology, Forensic Archeologist, Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)

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There's a lot of independent learning, a lot of independent research and I think that's part of the most enjoyable [aspect].

Sophie Power

Student (BA Geography)

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This is the first university degree course in the disciplines of archaeology and geography currently on offer in the Irish university system.

Archaeology and geography are two closely related third-level disciplines, with common interests in the fields of anthropology/social science and earth/environmental science.

This degree combines both disciplines in a course that has a strong scientific orientation, with contributions from the computer/information technology and earth/environmental science areas.

The aim is to produce graduates with particular learning and skillsets for different areas of employment in archaeology and geography, as well as a broad range of transferable skills for work in other areas.

Placement or Study Abroad Information

You will have the opportunity to add a year on to this three-year degree to study abroad. You may spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities. We currently have links with universities in the following countries: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden Mexico, and the USA.

Skills and Careers Information

The aim of this course is to provide you with a range of vocational skills relevant to archaeology and geography that are transferable to others areas of employment.

The course will be attractive to employers due to its multidisciplinary and skills-based design, in which you will develop a high level of critical thinking and problem-solving ability, an ability to analyse complex issues, and various technical competences that can be applied to different work situations. These include skills in computing and information technology, lab practice and fieldwork, basic research and report writing.

As well as being an exciting and interesting subject, archaeology is a professional career area, with varied and flexible employment opportunities at home and abroad. In Ireland, archaeologists work in the State heritage sector and local authorities, or as consultants working in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

Many geographers pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies, and non-profit organisations.

The private sector is increasingly interested in the technical skills of geographers as many businesses use spatial information and geo-informatics in their work.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:



Other Language




Mature students

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO, include a statement of interest, and must apply for and sit the MSAP test. 

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

Non-EU applicants

Please see the International Education Office website.

FETAC Requirements

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2022/23 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €138.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants

Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Mature applicants

Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU applicants

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the College Calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

  • In UCC, we use the terms programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments. 

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