GradDip Archaeology
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

Your learning will be built around engaging and training in key archaeological skills, such as Landscape Archaeology, Artefact and Material Culture studies, Environmental Archaeology, Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.), LiDAR and Remote Sensing and Archaeological Field Practice. You will also have the opportunity to take specific modules and design and complete an MSc Dissertation so as to specialise in particularly chronological or cultural periods (e.g. Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age/Roman, Early Medieval, Medieval, Historical/Post-Medieval). You will complete your MSc Dissertation on a chosen topic, supervised by an expert in the field.

UCD School of Archaeology has an international reputation in the study of prehistoric archaeology, with one of the largest groups of researchers in this field anywhere in the world. You will be part of a dynamic, friendly and international postgraduate community in a School with a 160-year history of exceptional archaeological research. Our approach is global in perspective, but you will also be able to explore and study first-hand Ireland's extraordinary cultural heritage. You will benefit from UCD's proximity to some of the best-preserved and most spectacular prehistoric monuments and landscapes in Europe as well as to key cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Ireland with its outstanding prehistory collections.

You will learn to combine innovative archaeological and scientific approaches with current theoretical perspectives to examine the material remains of prehistoric societies, developing a sophisticated understanding of how different field and laboratory methods can be employed to answer key research questions in prehistory. You will gain skills in project design and independent research, data analysis and interpretation, and communicating the past to different stakeholder groups.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Vision and Values Statement
The GDip Archaeology also offers students the opportunity to design their own programmes from our diverse Level 4 modules in addition to selected modules from out L3 programme. This provides a pathway whereby students who remain undecided which aspect of archaeology they wish to specialise in can study archaeology and heritage more broadly.

Our MSc and GDip courses respond directly to two of UCD's key strategic themes: 'Empowering Humanity', which foregrounds the importance of 'Understanding what shapes human thinking and motivates behavioural change', and 'Creating a Sustainable Global Society', which requires an understanding of the diversity of ways in which people have interacted with the natural world over the course of human history.

Students who achieve an average of GPA of 3.1 within Semester 1 can apply to upgrade to the MSc Programme.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
Combat ArchaeologyARCH30170
Archaeology of Collapse: Understanding crises and resilience in ancient societiesARCH30640
Southeast and East Asian ArchaeologyARCH30810
Medieval Buildings: An ArchARCH30830
Minoan ArchaeologyARCH30840
Roman Imperial Art, Architecture and Political Propaganda; how to spot fake news in the Roman worldARCH30910
Communicating ArchaeologyARCH30920
Heritage Presentation & InterpretationARCH40830
Practical Experimental ArchaeologyARCH40850
Research Project SkillsARCH40860
Conflict Resolution & HeritageARCH41030
Historic Urban LandscapesARCH41080
Material CultureARCH41170
Experimental Archaeology: Making, Understanding, StorytellingARCH41180
Methods & PracticesARCH41230
Heritage Management ChallengesARCH41240
Nature & Culture: A bridgeARCH41250
Decolonising EthnographyARCH41260
Archaeological Field MethodsARCH41270
Land / LandscapeARCH41310
Hunter-Gatherers 1: Key ThemesARCH41320
Hunter-Gatherers 2: producing knowledgeARCH41330
GIS, Cultural Heritage and Spatial ThinkingARCH41340

Entry requirements

- Entry to MSc based on an Upper Second Class Honours (2H1) undergraduate degree (GPA 3.2, NFQ Level 8, or the international equivalent) in archaeology or anthropology, or other cognate disciplines (to be discussed with programme coordinator)

- Entry to GradDip based on a Lower Second Class Honours (2H2) undergraduate degree (GPA 2.7, NFQ Level 8, or the international equivalent) in archaeology or anthropology, or other cognate disciplines (to be discussed with programme coordinator)

- If English is not your native language, proof of proficiency in English will be required, unless you took your primary degree through English. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 90, on the IELTS system it is 6.5

Application dates

Grad Dip Archaeology PT (W494)
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


2 Years Part Time

Post Course Info

The GDip will provide you with the skills required to develop a career in the archaeological profession or the heritage sector, or to go on to further academic study. Transferable skillsets such as critical thinking and project management will also provide you with an excellent grounding for future employment in other sectors. Graduates of this programme may progress to further academic study or careers in:

• Commercial archaeology and CRM
• The heritage sector
• State sector bodies
• NGOs
• Education
• Tourism

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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