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 2014

ECTS weighting: 60

Average intake: Unlimited

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 a selection of twelve modules within the Second and Third Year BA programme in Archaeology.

Modules on offer include:

  • Europe in the Bronze Age
  • Hunters and Farmers in Early Europe
  • Public Archaeology
  • Interpretation in Archaeology 1
  • Archaeology in Practice
  • Landscapes of Cult and Kingship
  • Irish Art from the early Iron Age to the 8th century AD
  • Ancient Civilizations: the Rise of Complex Societies
  • Debating Irish Prehistory
  • Castles, Colonists and Crannogs 1100–1350
  • The Development of the Castle in Medieval Europe
  • Minor Dissertation
  • The Making of Urban Landscapes
  • Archaeological Approaches to Ritual and Religion
  • Space, Place and the Irish Landscape
  • Social Identities in the Past
  • Gaelic and Colonial Society 1350-1650
  • Directed Studies in Archaeology
  • Palaeoecology- Reconstructing Past Environments

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 
  • Dr 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

Dr Stefan Bergh
T: +353 91 492 052
E: stefan.bergh@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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