NUI Galway


Course Name Archaeology
Course Provider NUI Galway
Course Code 1HDA1 1HDA2
Course Type Postgraduate
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)  More info... Major National University of Ireland Level 8 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Part time
Location (Districts) Galway City
Qualification Letters HDip
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Duration 1HDA1: 1 year full-time, 1HDA2: 2 years, part-time.
Course Fee

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Tax Relief
Full- and part-time students may be entitled to tax relief on tuition fees. Applications for tax relief on course fees paid must be made using an application form available from the Revenue Commissioners. See The maximum amount of tax relief on tuition fees is €7,000 per annum.
Entry Requirements 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.
Number of Places 25
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.
Course Content

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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 c...

Subjects Taught

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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 Archaeol...

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 Maggie Ronayne
T: +353 91 493 701
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