The Higher Diploma (HDip) in Archaeology is a one year (full time) or two year (part time) 60-ECTS credit degree programme. It is designed for people who do not have a previous qualification in archaeology but who wish to consider a postgraduate degree in the subject

The programme comprises the final two years of our undergraduate programme compressed into a single academic year. This includes:

Core modules on archaeological theory, methods, approaches to landscape and material culture as well as key issues in heritage management and Irish archaeology
Optional modules in areas including prehistoric and medieval archaeology, scientific archaeology and other thematic areas.
Production of a 10-credit independent research project.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
How Archaeologists Think: an introduction to archaeological theoryARCH20520

Stage 1 - Option
Archaeology of ThingsARCH20500
Archaeology of LandscapesARCH20510
Cultural HeritageARCH20570
Archaeological ScienceARCH20600
Historical ArchaeologyARCH20610
People in Prehistory: key themes and problemsARCH20620
Archaeological Field SkillsARCH20630
Combat ArchaeologyARCH30170
Research Project PreparationARCH30700
Environmental Arch in PracticeARCH30770
Southeast and East Asian ArchaeologyARCH30810
Medieval Buildings: An ArchARCH30830
Minoan ArchaeologyARCH30840
Research ProjectARCH30880
Communicating ArchaeologyARCH30920
Iron Age IrelandARCH30970
The Viking Age: Studies in the Archaeology of northern Europe, c.AD700–1050ARCH30980

Entry requirements

The HDip is designed for students with little or no prior archaeological training, and will fast track you through the advanced stages (Levels 2 and 3) of our undergraduate programme.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Archaeology FT (Z212)
Duration 1 Years Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

HDip Archaeology PT (Z213) Duration 2 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




Z212: 1 year full-time
Z213: 2 years part-time


HDip Archaeology (Z212) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €6105
nonEU: fee per year - €13270

HDip Archaeology (Z213) Part Time
EU: fee per year - €3650
nonEU: fee per year - €6635

***Fees are subject to change.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE :2024/2025 September

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Careers & Employability
Following the HDip students are eligible to apply for the GDip/MA programmes in Archaeology. Alternatively, the HDip provides a strong basis for careers in archaeology, cultural heritage, tourism, government organisations, museums, as well as media, education, journalism, publishing, arts and cultural companies, environmental consultancy etc.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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