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 gives a grounding in a variety of aspects of Irish and European archaeology, stretching from the first arrivals of ancient peoples to the continent to today’s society.

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

Assessment is by continuous assessments, essays and exams.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The HDip 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. Publication/professional experience may be considered where the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.

Additional Requirements


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

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code

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

Course Outline

Students will take an approved selection of six 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.

The 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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in various areas in the state sector and in the heritage and tourism sectors. Others have taken the course to continue their studies to Master’s level or through doctoral research.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,965 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€5,741 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,250 p.a. 2015/16
EU Full time programme: €5,965 p.a.  
EU Part time programme:  €2,980 p.a.
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224. 

Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

Find out More

Professor Elizabeth FitzPatrick
T: +353 91 492 670