Course Overview

This 1-year certificate course is open to anyone with an interest in the past. You will explore the whole story of Ireland’s archaeological past, enhancing skills essential in teaching about the Irish past or providing narratives in the heritage industry. The course is delivered by leading experts in Irish archaeology and you will experience both academic and field-based learning.

Archaeology is the study of the material remains of past human societies. The discipline covers a remarkable span of time and investigates some of the most profoundly important developments of the past. The wide scope of archaeology, in time, space and methodology, is one of the features that makes the subject so attractive to professional and amateur alike. There is something to interest everyone – whether your interests lie in exploring ancient monuments, the study of artefacts, the history of technology, or simply in the rich heritage of Ireland’s past.

Applications and Selections

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Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Certificate are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays during the semester or a written examination at the end of the year. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, with three Saturday field trips over the course of the year.

Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21. The Semester 2 teaching schedule will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). There are no specific entry requirements for this course and no previous knowledge of archaeology is required.


Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, part-time

Next start date

26th September

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

TBC

Closing Date

11th September

NFQ level

7

Mode of study

Classroom-based

ECTS weighting

15

Award

Certificate

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

Course Modules:

Introduction to Archaeology
The Archaeology of Historic Ireland
The Archaeology of Prehistoric Ireland

Further Education

Students who complete the Certficate can transfer into Year 2 of the Diploma in Archaeology.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in heritage and tourism and in the museum and education sectors. The one-year timescale is particularly suited to professional enhancement.

Who’s Suited to This Course

It may be of particular interest to first and second level teachers and others interested in the contribution of archaeology to education, local studies, heritage studies and tourism.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€990

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,490


A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Dr. Michelle Comber
School of Geography and Archaeology
Tel: 091 492887
E-mail: michelle.comber@nuigalway.ie
http://www.nuigalway.ie/archaeology/

Downloads

  • Adult Learning Prospectus

    Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (20.6 MB)

  • Short Courses Series 2019

    Short Courses Series 2019 PDF (1.4 MB)