Higher Diploma (Archaeology)—full-time and part-time

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

Archaeology is the study of past peoples and societies. By understanding how they adapted and changed over time, you as an archaeologist will gain insights into the development of the contemporary world. 

This programme offers a thorough grounding in a variety of aspects of Irish and European archaeology, stretching from the first arrivals to the continent, to today’s society.

Key facts

Entry requirements

The programme is open to students with a NQAI Level 7 or Level 8 primary degree in any discipline (other than Archaeology) who wish to acquire an academic qualification in archaeology. A basic knowledge of and interest in Archaeology is desirable.

Duration: 1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: 25

Closing date: You are advised to apply early, which may result in an early offer; see the offer round dates

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline


Students will take an approved selection of 6 modules within the Second and Final Year BA undergraduate programme to the equivalent of 30 ECTS along with a 10 ECTS module "Reading the Past in Practice" and a 20 ECTS dissertation module, "Archaeology and Place". "Reading the Past in Practice" and "Archaeology and Place" both have fieldwork components. Part-time students will take courses to the equivalent of 30 ECTS in Year 1 and courses to the equivalent of 30 ECTS in Year 2.

Modules on offer include:

Hunters and Farmers in Early Europe
Interpretation in Archaeology
Gaelic Peoples: Identity and Cultural Practice
Castles, Colonists and Crannogs 1100-1350
Europe in the Bronze Age
Public Archaeology
Reading the Past in Practice
Archaeology and Place

(Note that modules on offer may vary from year to year)

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who teaches this course?

  • Dr Stefan Bergh 
  • Dr Michelle Comber 
  • Prof Elizabeth Fitzpatrick 
  • Dr Carleton Jones  
  • Mr Conor Newman 
  • Dr Kieran O'Conor 
  • Ms Maggie Ronayne

Requirements and assessment

The programme is assessed by essays, exams, and continuous assessments.

Find out more

Professor Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
T: +353 91 492 670
E: elizabeth.fitzpatrick@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

GYA25 (full-time)
GYA26 (part-time)

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,965 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,741 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Fees for courses

EU Full time programme: €5,965 p.a.

EU Part time programme:  €2,980 p.a.

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