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Visit the University's Courses Page for information on how to apply, entry requirements, career options and assessment.

We offer both a traditional PhD and a structured PhD.

Archaeology in NUI Galway offers supervision in a wide range of topics within prehistory, medieval and historical archaeology as well as public archaeology. For details of staff research fields please see the discipline research web pages.

Each student is assigned a primary supervisor. In addition the Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers assists you in planning your programme of study and provides on-going support to your research. Each year we produce a Handbook with relevant information for Graduate Research Students.

Desk space is provided for all research students in the archaeology research rooms, resulting in daily and informal interaction with the staff. We organise regular postgraduate seminars and guest lectures.

Structured PhD in Archaeology

The Structured PhD in Archaeology  is a four-year, full-time programme of study and research. The credit rating of the Structured PhD is 360 ECTS spread over 4 years. Of these 40 ECTS will be allocated to taught modules.

Applicants must have a high honours standard in their primary degree or present such other evidence of fitness which will satisfy the Head of discipline and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies.

As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students select from a range of interdisciplinary taught modules (40 ECTS), allowing for each student’s course to be tailored to the research needs of her/his dissertation topic. The wide menu of available options includes modules that:

  • are Discipline-Specific in that they augment the student’s existing knowledge in their specialist area, e.g., Introduction to Adobe Photoshop; Introduction to Digital Surveying and Archaeological Specialisms.
  • are Dissertation-Specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project.
  • acknowledge a student’s professional development, e.g., presentation of a paper at an International Conference and core surveying skills.
  • enhance a student’s employability through generic training.