Archaeology: Past Cultural Change, PhD

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    14260
    Tuition (Year)
    4960
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
Queen's University Belfast ,
We welcome applications from suitably qualified students interested in studying PhD and MPhil degrees in the School. Staff in the School can supervise postgraduate research students in a range of subjects which fall within the areas covered by our Research Clusters (Environmental Change; Past Cultural Change; Space, Society and Culture).
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  • Fees and funding

About

We welcome applications from suitably qualified students interested in studying PhD and MPhil degrees in the School. Staff in the School can supervise postgraduate research students in a range of subjects which fall within the areas covered by our Research Clusters (Environmental Change; Past Cultural Change; Space, Society and Culture).

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.

Research Strategies

The aims of the Past Cultural Change research cluster are to study past people and cultures within the frameworks of cultural archaeology, bioarchaeology and environmental archaeology.

The combination of environmental archaeology and especially bioarchaeology with more traditional approaches to the past help to differentiate Queen's from most other archaeology departments and is seen as both a strength and stimulus to future developments.

Thematically, we have identified seven areas of particular specialist interest and welcome applications from potential PhD students interested in these areas:

  • 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, employing the facilities of the 14CHRONO laboratories
  • Religion and society in the central and western Mediterranean
  • Settlement and economy of early 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 territory of the former Soviet Union

Research Strengths

We have an international reputation, rated among the top 10 archaeology departments in the last three Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). The most recent RAE (2008) rated 55 per cent of our research as being 'internationally excellent' or 'world class'.
Members of the Past Cultural Change (PCC) and the Environmental Change research clusters work closely to develop research that takes into consideration both the social and environmental context of human society (see also Geography and Palaeoecology: Environmental Change).
Integrated within PCC is the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF), a financially self-supporting excavation unit with an exceptional record of publication and a high media profile.

Special Features

  • The cluster undertakes research in Ireland, Great Britain and abroad, in particular, the Mediterranean World and territories of the former Soviet Union where both staff and research students undertake collaborative projects.
  • Being based in the recently built 14CHRONO Centre has expanded the School's research facilities and allowed us to extend our research agenda into many new areas.
  • The Centre includes an AMS 14C dating facility, an NEC accelerator mass spectrometer, cold storage for biological materials, post-excavation laboratories, drawing office, a human bone analysis laboratory, and designated research facilities. In addition, there are designated palynology, plant and insect macrofossil and dendrochronology laboratories and an animal bone analysis laboratory.
  • Postgraduates maintain their own research seminar series and attend the fortnightly seminars of the research clusters associated with Archaeology and Palaeoecology, which routinely bring to Queen's outstanding scholars from abroad as well as Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Current postgraduates come from Ireland, Great Britain, the USA, France, Germany and Russia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

You may study for the degree of PhD on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisor appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration and you will not normally be allowed more than four years in which to submit your thesis. If you are a part-time student you must satisfy the University that you will be able to meet your supervisor regularly, typically at least once a semester. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of six years of part-time registration and you will not normally be allowed more than eight years in which to submit your thesis.

For both full-time and part-time students, time spent in the achievement of a Masters degree will not be counted as part of the specified period of enrolment as a PhD student.

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Academic Requirements

Admission to a research degree (PhD/MPhil) normally requires at least a good second class Honours degree or an equivalent qualification. If you are not a graduate, you may still be admitted provided you hold a diploma or other qualification which the University deems to be the equivalent of a degree. After your initial registration, you will proceed to PhD study, pending successful completion of your School's differentiation process.

English Language requirements

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) requires universities to verify that non-EEA applicants have achieved a specified minimum level in English before we are permitted to issue the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. As part of this process, the University must see evidence (normally the result of a UKBA-approved Secure English Language Test) of an applicant's English Language competence in the four components of language learning ie listening, reading, speaking and writing. Alternative qualifications may be acceptable to meet the UKBA's English language requirements, for example a degree or equivalent qualification from an institution in a country which is deemed by the UKBA to be majority English-speaking.

EEA nationals, and non-EEA applicants who are nationals of a country deemed by the UKBA to be majority English-speaking, will not be required to submit further evidence of English Language for visa purposes, but may be asked for evidence of English competency to satisfy University course entry requirements.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 14260 International
  • EUR 4960 EU/EEA

Home/EU £3828; Overseas £11266

Funding

Applicants from the UK and other EU countries

Please note: Where it states 'UK residents' qualifying residency and citizenship/nationality criteria apply.

  • Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Postgraduate Research Studentships

Funded by the Department of Employment and Learning, these are offered in most subject areas.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

  • DEL (CAST) Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology

These awards are for specific research projects in collaboration with an industrial sponsor in the following Schools/areas: Biomedical Sciences in School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; School of Biological Sciences; School of Pharmacy; School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering; School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Mathematics and Physics.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

A CAST studentship may also include a contribution from the industrial collaborating body.

Visit the School websites listed above for details concerning potential DEL CAST

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Awards are available for both Masters and Doctoral degrees in humanities subject areas.

Applicants should apply via Queen's for funding and should not apply directly to AHRC.

UK residents: fees plus maintenance
Other EU residents: fees only

Queen's School Funding Opportunities

Some Schools have funding available for postgraduate PhD or taught Masters courses.

North-South Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students undertaking a recognised Masters or the first year of a PhD programme (taught or research) in the other Irish jurisdiction.

Applicants from outside the EU

If you are applying to Queen's from outside the EU, you are advised to explore fully the funding opportunities for studying in the UK available from sources in your own country. Some closing dates are as early as a year before commencing studies, so please make sure to apply in good time.

Some of the main awards are listed:

Department for International Development (DFID) Shared Scholarship Scheme

This award is for specific one-year taught postgraduate courses. The award cover tuition fees, a maintenance grant and travel costs. Only students from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply.

British Chevening Awards

  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds a number of British Chevening scholaships for postgraduate study, mainly for one-year taught Masters degrees.
  • Candidates must apply directly to the University for admission before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Contact the British Embassy, British High Commission or British Council Office in your own country.

Applicants from USA

If you are a US citizen, you are eligible to apply for the following awards tenable at Queen's

George J Mitchell Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarships

Mary McNeill Scholarship (for US and Canadian citizens undertaking MA Irish Studies

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