Landscape Archaeology & Heritage

Your Course
Occupying the intersection of Landscape, Archaeology and Heritage, this programme reflects international discourses on place-making, cultural heritage and sustainability. Landscape studies have created a common platform for the social and environmental sciences, and with cultural heritage now the de facto fourth pillar of sustainable development, archaeology is developing new dimensions, reaching new audiences, and playing a more central role in landscape management and governance.

Subjects taught

Modules and themes
In keeping with the significant contribution made to literature on the subject, archaeology is at the core of the programme, and modules are designed around refining and developing the unique skillset associated with the material and temporal dimensions of landscapes-recording, analysis, mediation and advocacy. Themes include:

• Landscape Perspectives: landscape, place and heritage theory;

• Interpreting Landscape: case-studies from Ireland;

• Methods and Sources: resources, databases and GIS

• Landscape sustainability;

• Managing landscapes: public and community archaeology, landscape planning, national and international policies, instruments and actors;

• Presenting Landscapes: field-based learning (e.g., Burren Field School).

In addition to taught modules students are required to complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree in archaeology awarded at Second Class Honours, Grade 2 standard overall with at least a Second Class Honours Grade 2 in archaeology, or its equivalent in education and/or professional experience. An interview may form part of the selection process.

Application dates

NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions).


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates from this programme commonly find employment in the field of cultural heritage stewardship and management, heritage-led community liaison and development, public and private (e.g., consultancy) bodies in the field of cultural heritage, landscape and archaeology as well as regulatory bodies. Some students use this programme as a springboard to doctoral studies.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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