Course Overview

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.

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Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System. An interview may form part of the selection process.

Who Teaches this Course

In addition, up to 15 guest lecturers contribute to the course. These include staff members of other academic discliplines in University of Galway and archaeologists from the National Roads Authority, from local authorities, from private consultancies, from other academic institutions and from The Discovery Programme.

Dr. Stefan Bergh
College Lecturer, Above the Bar
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway
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Mr. Conor Newman
Senior Lecturer
Archaeology Department
NUI, Galway
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Dr Kieran Denis O'Conor
Senior Lecturer
Dept. of Archaeology
Room 213
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway
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Ms Margaret Ronayne
Room 211
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway
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Mr. Joseph Fenwick
Senior Technician
Dept. of Archaeology
Room 206
Arts/Science Building
NUI Galway
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Requirements and Assessment

Course modules are assessed through a combination of essays, class projects, assignments and/or seminar presentations, to a total of 450 marks (50% of the total). The dissertation of 15,000 words comprises the remaining 450 marks (50%).

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

NQAI 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 forms part of the selection process.

Additional Requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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

Next start date

September 2023

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Please refer to the review/closing dates website.

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Course Outline

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.

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Why Choose This Course?

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. consultancies) 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,040 full-time; €3,555 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Tuition

€6,900 full-time; €3,450 part-time p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. FT; €105 p.a. PT 2023/24

Fees: Non EU

€17,360 p.a. 2023/24


Student levy €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

2023 QS Subject Rankings: Top 200

Archaeology QS Subject Award Badge