Course Overview

Are you interested in archaeology, understanding the past and Ireland? The Diploma in Irish Archaeology (Online) is the first online Diploma in Irish Archaeology and is the only wholly online course dedicated solely to the story of the Irish archaeological past, which facilitates diverse participation regardless of geographical location.

This two-year course has four broad aims:

  • To introduce students to the discipline of archaeology.
  • To present the archaeology of Ireland as a way of understanding ten thousand years of human settlement on this island.
  • To study aspects of current archaeological research in Ireland in detail.
  • To promote interest in Ireland’s heritage at a national and international level.

The Discipline of Archaeology covers a remarkable span of time and investigates some of the most profoundly important developments of the past. There is something to interest everyone - whether interests lie in outdoor fieldwork and exploring ancient monuments, the study of artefacts, the history of technology, local studies, or simply in the rich heritage of Ireland's past. The course can be enjoyed as a general interest undertaking, a social learning experience, or a career-related qualification.

Applications and Selections

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Online Applications will reopen in April 2020


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Continuous assessment throughout the course is facilitated by weekly online discussions, and end-of-module written essays.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Irish Archaeology (Online) and no previous knowledge of archaeology is required.

Additional Requirements


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 9th

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

NFQ level


Mode of study

Online Learning

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Course Outline

Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past human societies. It covers a remarkable span of time and investigates some of the most profoundly important developments of the past. The wide scope of archaeology is one of the features which makes the subject so attractive to professional and amateur alike. This course explores the archaeology of Ireland, from the arrival of the first peoples in the stone age, right through to late medieval times. Topics covered include the tombs of the Neolithic such as Newgrange, Bronze Age goldwork, the Celtic question, early Christianity, masterpieces such as the Tara Brooch and Book of Kells, the Vikings in Ireland, and the great castles and church buildings of the medieval period.

Further Education

After completing this diploma, options for further study include an undergraduate degree or higher diploma in archaeology (depending on individual circumstances).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Past students of the diploma in archaeology have taken a number of routes after graduation. Some have entered straight into related employment - joining commercial archaeological companies as excavators, or working in the heritage industry (as guides, in museums, in visitor centres etc.). Others have continued their academic studies, some returning to complete a BA degree, followed by an MA degree, and even PhDs in several instances! For those who had already completed a degree in any area, they completed a Higher Diploma in Archaeology (1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time), before proceeding to postgraduate studies.

Archaeology graduates work in a variety of roles - as excavators, surveyors, researchers, in local and national government, as guides, in museums, in visitor centres, and in third-level institutions. Of course, archaeology now forms part of the history curriculum at secondary-school level, so the diploma also provides useful training for teachers.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

 Dr. Michelle Comber

School of Geography and Archaeology
Tel: 091 492887



What Our Students Say


Martin Breen |   Current Student

I have always had an interest in archaeology and history, and the course has allowed me to develop this interest into an asset. The online element is very engrossing as my classmates are from a worldwide background. Participation in the Discussion Board allows people to tease out topics. This online approach is fully monitored by our tutor who ensures that all discussions are relevant, and scholarly opinion is always on hand to correct any misconceptions which might develop. The online content which is accessible to the students is presented with the most up-to-date information available. Other benefits to this online learning Diploma are that the students can work at their own pace and within their own schedules, as well as networking with individuals who would not otherwise be available, either through time constraints, or geographical boundaries. The course has given me the confidence to appreciate that what I studied is correct, accurate and the best available. This diploma has also been delivered with the most recent research available, which is important in the field of archaeology. Skills acquired and improved include: research, essay writing and presentation.


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