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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.

The modules on offer include:
• Hunters and Farmers in Early Europe
• Interpretation in Archaeology
• Gaelic Peoples: Identity and Cultural Practice
• Castles, Colonists and Crannogs 1100–1350
• Europe in the Bronze Age
• Public Archaeology
• Reading the Past in Practice
• Dissertation on Archaeology and Place.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
The HDip is open to students with a QQI 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. Publication/professional experience may be considered where the formal requirements are not completely satisfied.

Duration

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

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Kieran O’Conor
T: +353 91 493 820
E: kieran.d.oconor@nuigalway.ie

Comment

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.

Application date

WHEN TO APPLY:
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.

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