Research course


Queen's University Belfast · School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The combination of environmental archaeology, and especially bio-archaeology, with more traditional approaches to the past, helps 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, 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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Barnes