Archaeology - Research

Enquiries should be made to the Head of Discipline. The application is developed from an initial discussion of your research interests, and more detailed conversations with a prospective supervisor, after which a formal application is made through the Postgraduate Applications System. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the research interests and expertise of staff in the Discipline.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MLitt must have a primary degree in archaeology with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or its equivalent international qualification.

Application dates

Course Code: MLITT-ARCH

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Assessment Info

The MLitt is a two-year, full-time (or four-year, part-time) postgraduate programme of research assessed by a major thesis of at least 40,000 words.


MLitt (Archaeology), full-time

MLitt (Archaeology), part-time

Course Code: MLITT-ARCH


Research Areas

The Burren Landscape Through Time

Exploring the archaeology of the Burren from prehistoric to early modern times.

Landscape Archaeology

Providing an enhanced understanding of the interaction between people and landscape, from prehistoric times to modern day.

Ritual and Place

Exploring the role and context of ritual centres in prehistoric and medieval Ireland.

Material Culture, Art and Society

Exploring the style, pedigree and iconography of religious and decorative art in early medieval Ireland against its wider European backdrop.

Gaelic and Colonial Ireland

Providing modern Irish society with a new understanding of native society and its engagement with newcomers and colonisation.

Public Archaeology

Developing professional ethics and standards through mutually accountable work with communities to support their heritage in Ireland and abroad with particular concern for the positive and negative impact of development.

Irish Prehistory

All aspects of Irish prehistory including, but not limited to: the development of societies; interactions between people, place and landscape in prehistory; upland settlement; regionality; role of mountains in prehistory; megalithic monuments; lithics.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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