NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

School of Geography, Archaeology and Irish Studies College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: HDip DURATION: 1 year, full-time; 2 years part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 25 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1HDA1, full-time; 1HDA2, part-time. FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. 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. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply.


Your Course This 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 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: Semester 1 —People, Ritual and Death: Life in Early Prehistoric Europe; Metal, Warfare and Chiefdoms—The Bronze Age Roots of European Civilisation; Explaining Prehistory: Current Research Trends; Public Archaeology; Castles, Colonists and Crannogs 1100–1350; Option (student chooses one) Sacred Places and Christian Buildings in Medieval Ireland, or Early Kingship: From Chaos to Cosmos, or Space, Place and the Irish Landscape. Semester 2 —Interpretation in Archaeology; Archaeology in Practice; Gaelic Peoples: Identity and Cultural Practice; Minor Dissertation; Archaeology and Mythical Landscapes of Atlantic Ireland. 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. 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. FIND OUT MORE AT: archaeology.html

CONTACT Maggie Ronayne T: +353 91 492 670 E:

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 opportunities to learn valuable

practical skills in areas such as GIS, oral presentation and academic writing.

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