Your course
The 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 in place studies 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.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This is a conversion course, suitable for candidates from a wide range of disciplines.

2. Students will have multiple fieldwork opportunities.

3. Students will acquire increased analytical skills, and are offered possibilities to learn valuable practical skills such as GIS, oral presentation and academic writing.

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.

Subjects taught

The modules on offer include:

The modules on offer include:
• People, Ritual and Death: Life in Early Prehistoric Europe;
• Interpretation in Archaeology;
• Gaelic Peoples: Identity and Cultural Practice;
• Metal, Warfare and Chiefdoms:
The Bronze Age Roots of European Civilisation;
• Public Archaeology;
• Archaeology and Mythical Landscapes of Atlantic Ireland;
• Archaeology in Practice;
• Palaeoecology: Reconstruction of Past Environments;
• Sacred Places and Christian Buildings in Medieval Ireland;
• Landscape and Archaeology: Context and Practice;
• Minor Dissertation.


1 year, full-time, 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)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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