Course Overview

The 1-year certificate course is open to anyone with an interest in the past. You will explore the physical remains of Ireland’s past from along the western seaboard of Ireland, enhancing skills essential in teaching about Ireland’s past or providing narratives in the heritage industry. The course is delivered by leading experts in Irish archaeology and you will experience both academic and field-based learning.

Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past human societies. The discipline covers a remarkable span of time and investigates some of the most profoundly important developments of the past. The wide scope of archaeology, in time, space and methodology, is one of the features that makes the subject so attractive to professional and amateur alike. There is something to interest everyone – whether their interests lie in exploring ancient monuments, the study of artefacts, the history of technology, or simply in the rich heritage of Ireland’s past.

Applications and Selections

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Applications open for this course in April 2021

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Certificate are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays during the semester or a written examination at the end of the year. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, with three Saturday field trips over the course of the year.

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 this course and no previous knowledge of archaeology is required.

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

Next start date

September 21

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Course Outline

Course Modules:

Approaching the Past
The Prehistoric Archaeology of the West
The Historic Archaeology of the West

Further Education

Students who complete the Certficate can transfer into Year 1 of the Diploma in Archaeology, to complete the Diploma course.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in heritage and tourism and in the museum and education sectors. The one-year timescale is particularly suited to professional enhancement.

Who’s Suited to This Course

It may be of particular interest, however, to those involved in heritage studies and tourism, and also first and second level teachers and others interested in the contribution of archaeology to education and local studies.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU


Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


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 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Michelle Comber
School of Geography and Archaeology
Tel: 091 492887


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