Program Title

MSc Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology

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Full Time

Educational qualification required for admission

Graduate degree

Admission Criteria

University College Dublin international admission is based on a variety of factors including the students' past academic records and grades, standardized test scores, etc. If an interview is required as part of the application, the university will be in touch with the applicant through a phone call or an online interview.

Application Requirements:

  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all previous academic institutions attended
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores
  • 2 Letters of Academic reference/recommendation (wherever applicable)
  • Resume, CV or Portfolio (wherever applicable)
  • Letter of Acceptance issued by the University College Dublin
  • A current passport/travel document
  • 2 coloured passport-sized photographs
  • Medical Insurance
  • Financial Support Statements
Program Description

The MSc and Graduate Diploma in Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology are for students interested in the fascinating and remarkable world of hunter-gatherers. It is often claimed that humans have spent 90-99% of their existence as hunter-gatherers. Understanding these ways of life provides vital perspectives on human identity and the challenges and opportunities societies face today. Anthropology provides information about recent hunter-gatherers, but archaeology is the only discipline that can understand our hunter-gatherer past, and hunter-gatherer archaeology, therefore, has a particular significance. Our programme will introduce students to key themes in the archaeology of past hunter-gatherers, the relationship between past and present hunting and gathering communities, and the contemporary context of knowledge production about hunter-gatherers. Our primary focus is the archaeology of Homo sapiens hunters-gatherers: we will include some discussion of non-Homo sapiens, but this is not a course on human evolution.

You will develop skills in project design and independent research, data analysis and interpretation, communicating the past to different stakeholders, as well as how to different perspectives on the past. You will be part of a dynamic, friendly and international postgraduate community in a school with a 160-year history of exceptional archaeological research and you will form part of the UCD Hunter-Gatherer Research Group.

In 2022 UCD will host the biggest conference on hunter-gatherers in the world! CHAGS13 (June 2022) is the Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies organized by the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research (ISHGR). CHAGS meetings trace their origin to the ‘Man the Hunter’ meeting in Chicago 1966, often considered foundational to hunter-gatherer studies. The conference will bring c. 500 anthropologists, archaeologists, activists and members of hunting and gathering communities to Dublin.

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