This programme is under review and may not be available. The most up-to-date information will be available on the course webpage and on the Discipline of Archaeology website

Your Course
This Higher Diploma equips the student with core knowledge in aspects of prehistoric, medieval, and modern Irish and European archaeology. It also develops first-stage archaeological research skills in order to position the student to conduct independent research and provides a basis for entry to higher-level postgraduate degree programmes. The structure and content of the programme may suit those interested in changing career direction and especially mature students who wish to enter the postgraduate sector and require a flexible schedule.

Subjects taught

The modules on offer include:

Semester 1: People, Ritual and Death: Life in Early Prehistoric Europe; Metal, Warfare and Chiefdoms—The Bronze Age Roots of European Civilisation; Explaining Prehistory: Current Research Trends; Public Archaeology; Castles, Colonists and Crannogs 1100–1350; Option (student chooses one): Early Kingship: From Chaos to Cosmos, or Space, Place and the Irish Landscape.

Semester 2: Interpretation in Archaeology; Archaeology in Practice; Minor Dissertation, and Landscape and Archaelogy: Context and Practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum 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. Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications may also be entitled to apply under the university's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


1HDA1: 1 year full-time, 1HDA2: 2 years, part-time.

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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.

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  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time

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