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Higher Diploma in Arts - Archaeology

Higher Diploma in Arts - Archaeology

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

The Diploma is a conversion course for non-archaeology graduates who have a degree and would like to transfer their studies to the discipline of archaeology. This Higher Diploma in Arts - Archaeology is designed for individuals who:

  • Have an active interest in archaeology and want to undertake a full-time course of study;
  • Are already employed in some branch of archaeology and wish to obtain an academic qualification in the subject;
  • Require a conversion course to apply for postgraduate studies in archaeology in UCC, such as the one-year MA course or the MPhil/PhD research degree.



Course Delivery

You will have an average of six hours of lectures per week, with up to four one-day field excursions over the duration of the year.  The course will be assessed by a combination of formal, end-of-year examination and continuous assessment of essays, projects and field trip participation.

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Course Outline

This is a full-time course over one academic year during which you will take modules in archaeology to the equivalent of 60 credits. The course is made up of modules from the second and third year courses in the undergraduate BA degree.

You are required to take core modules to a value of 20 credits. You will chose the remaining 40 credits in consultation with the course coordinator, taking into account timetable constraints and suitability of course combinations. Students with little previous knowledge of archaeology may also audit all or part of the first year archaeology course.

60 credits required. Important: The course programme is subject to change at the department’s discretion

Core (compulsory) modules (20 credits required):

  • AR2016 The Development of Archaeological Thought (5 credits)
  • AR2045 Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork (10 credits)
  • AR3047 Professional Practice in Archaeology (5 credits)

Further Modules (40 credits required)

Students must choose eight 5-credit modules from the following list:

  • AR2014 Artefact Studies
  • AR2027 The Archaeology of the Viking Age: Scandinavia and the North Atlantic
  • AR2032 Foragers to Farmers: the Early Prehistory of Europe AR2033 Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Europe
  • AR2034 The Archaeology of Early Medieval Ireland
  • AR2042 The Archaeology of Later Medieval Ireland, c.AD
  • 1100–1550 AR2037 Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
  • AR2038 Human Remains for Archaeologists
  • AR2044 Heritage Management and Archaeology
  • AR3021 Prehistoric Societies in Ireland
  • AR3031 Archaeological Ceramics
  • AR3035 The Palaeolithic of Eurasia
  • AR3037 Viking Age Archaeology in Ireland and Britain
  • AR3039 The Archaeology of the Early Irish Church
  • AR3044 The Origins of Civilisations
  • AR3024 Celticism
  • AR3045 The Industrial Archaeology of Ireland, AD 1750–1930
  • AR3046 The Archaeology of Agriculture in Medieval Ireland, c.AD 500–1500 AD

You are required to achieve a mark of 60% in the final diploma award to be eligible for postgraduate studies in archaeology.

Course Info

Course Code : CKA03

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee


Total Cost - International Fees


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The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

The  next intake date is 11-September-2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

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Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

  • The course is open to graduates of degrees preferably in the area of Arts or the Sciences from a third-level institution. A previous degree relevant to the Honours Degree level in is not required.


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English proficiency

  • If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.5
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section as follows: Listening and Writing - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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