Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Archaeology (Past Cultural Change)

Research in the Past Cultural Change (PCC) cluster explores the material manifestations of culture through time and space. We combine innovative scientific methods with theoretically-informed analyses to understand past human experience, bringing together the humanities and the sciences. Subjects include environmental archaeology and bio-archaeology, with traditional approaches to the past. Specialist areas may include: Development of agriculture and the cultural landscape in Atlantic Europe, Eurasia and its associated economic, chronological and environmental backdrop; organisation of domestic and ritual space (including landscapes) from prehistory through the post-medieval period in the North Atlantic region; populations and palaeodiet from Ireland to Eurasia; refinement of chronologies from selected regions of the world, using the facilities of the 14CHRONO labs; religion, society and material culture in the central and western Mediterranean; settlement and economy of medieval and post-medieval Ireland; connections with the New World; social and bio-archaeological approaches to death, involving the study of mortuary data from Ireland across Eurasia, especially the former Soviet Union.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a PhD/MPhil/MD is an upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent qualification recognised by the University. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their programme of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the university is required.

Assessment methods

You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

Course Enquiries, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology
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028 9097 3188