CIfA and UAUK announce Queens University Belfast degree pathway to receive accreditation

CIfA and UAUK have announced that Queen's University Belfast is the first university outside England to receive accreditation for a degree pathway.  Accreditation recognises undergraduate and masters degrees that provide skills relevant to a career in the historic environment.

The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) and University Archaeology UK (UAUK) have announced details of the most recent academic programme to be formally accredited as providing skills relevant to a career in the historic environment. Queen's University Belfast joins the universities already offering accredited programmes


  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bournemouth
  • University of Durham
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Reading
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University College London

A full list of the accredited programmes can be found here.

Further applications are currently being assessed and newly accredited programmes will be announced in due course.  The next application deadline is 1 December 2020, see here for details.

Students in England and Northern Ireland now have the opportunity to choose a degree programme that will support them to develop a career in the historic environment.

The accreditation was developed to provide a career route for the historic environment as well as fostering strong relations between industry and academia.

'Accreditation is an exciting new initiative for students taking archaeology courses at universities and for the profession more widely. It recognises the value of real knowledge of working practices across the sector by students across the UK’ - Chair of University Archaeology UK (UAUK), Chris Gerrard

CIfA Chief Executive Peter Hinton said ‘We are delighted to be able to accredit Queen's University Belfast’s programme CIfA/UAUK-accredited module pathway in Archaeology. Accreditation of degree programmes by CIfA and UAUK provides an invaluable way for students to identify those courses which should provide them with the skills that the profession and employers value, and QUB’s success is further evidence of its strong engagement with commercial and professional archaeology in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Such links integrate the different strands of archaeological endeavour and will greatly facilitate implementation of Northern Ireland’s collaborative strategy, Way Forward for Archaeology.

'Archaeology & Palaeoecology at Queen's University Belfast are delighted to be the first and only department in the island of Ireland to offer a UAUK/CIfA- accredited pathway and about the exciting opportunities this brings for our students,' Dr. Dirk Brandherm.