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Archaeology of Ireland online (Diploma)
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
Online Applications open on March 1st, 2021.
Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Continuous assessment throughout the course is facilitated by weekly online discussions, and end-of-module written essays.
Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for the academic year 2020/21. The teaching schedule for the 2021/22 academic year will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.
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.
2 years, part-time
Next start date
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Mode of study
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.
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?
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
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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.
What Our Students Say
Melanie Howard-Browne | Graduate
Having an interest in Ireland’s history, heritage, culture and landscape, my goal has always been to incorporate my passion into my career. Exceptionally knowledgeable instructors set a benchmark of high standards, questioning and debating each topic that we covered. The past two years have flown by and I have enjoyed every moment.
Ronan O' Laoi | Graduate
I enjoyed this course immensely. I’ve learned a lot and have had to re-evaluate and revise what I had thought of as fact. The course notes, uploaded lectures and the reading material provided were excellent; interesting, very comprehensive and totally up-to-date. Overall, I found the course fascinating and totally worthwhile and consider it perfect for anyone with an interest in Irish history or archaeology.
Seán Cleary | Graduate
My objective in taking this course was to expand and develop my knowledge, not just of archaeology but also of the human history of Ireland. As a civil engineer involved in large infrastructure projects, I had a basic awareness of the importance of our archaeological patrimony. It has certainly improved my professional competence.