Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Archaeology

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required N/A*
  • Course Code 289
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary


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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

This course will not recruit first year students in 2020

A science subject is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the BSc. Applied Archaeology you will be a qualified Archaeologist. Graduates from the programme work in a wide variety of workplace sectors. Graduates of this degree can find employment in a range of posts including:

  • Archaeological excavation and fieldwork
  • Archaeological surveying
  • Museums
  • Local Government (County Councils and Corporations)
  • Civil Service (National Monuments Service)
  • Lecturing at third-level
  • Research posts
  • Conservation (Historic Buildings + Artefacts)
  • Cultural Tourism and Heritage Management

Graduates may also choose to pursue postgraduate studies in specialised areas leading to Masters or Doctorate qualifications.

Further Study

On successful completion of the Higher certificate in Applied Archaeology/BSc.Applied Archaeology (Level 7) there is an option to progress to the BSc. Archaeology(Level 7) / BSc. (Honours) Applied Archaeology (Level 8) at Institute of Technology, Sligo and then to a research postgraduate qualification (MSc. and PhD) in Applied Archaeology.

Course Format

Semester 1

TitleCredits
Archaeology of Ireland05
World Archaeology05
Introductory Chemistry 105
Archaeological Surveying05
Learning to Learn05
Information Technology 1 Computer Apps for Ecology & Environment 05

Semester 2

TitleCredits
Archaeological Methods05
Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ireland and Europe05
Introductory Chemistry 205
Earth Science05
Early Medieval and Viking Ireland05
Field school [E]05
Archaeological field studies  [E]05

Semester 3

TitleCredits
Cell Biology05
Environmental Archaeology05
Post-excavation analysis05
Neolithic Ireland and Europe05
Archaeological Scientific Analysis05
High and Late Medieval Ireland05

Semester 4

TitleCredits
Diversity of Life05
IntroductIon to Archaeological Theory05
Bronze Age Ireland and Europe05
Geophysical Surveying and Processing (Theory)05
Statistics for Archaeology05
Zooarchaeology05

Semester 5

TitleCredits
Public and Community Archaeology05
Project Management and Commercial Archaeology05
Landscape Archaeology05
Osteoarchaeology and Forensic Archaeology05
Digital Archaeology05
Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists05
Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology [E]05
Geoarchaeology [E]05
Experimental and Experiential Archaeology [E]05

Semester 6

TitleCredits
Archaeology of Buildings Theory05
Archaeological Materials and Artefacts05
Post Medieval and Industrial Archaeology05
Iron Age Ireland and Europe05
Characterisation And Dating Of Archaeological Materials05
Geophysical Surveying and Processing Practical05
Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology [E]05
Geoarchaeology [E]05
Experimental and Experiential Archaeology [E]05

Semester 7

TitleCredits
Archaeology and Cultural Biographies05
Interpreting the Archaeology of Animals05
Archaeology of Buildings Practice05
Special Topics in Archaeology and Work Placement05
Deterioration and Conservation of Archaeology Materials05
Advanced Topics in Archaeological Theory05
Experimental and Experiential Archaeology [E]05
Geoarchaeology [E]05
Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology [E]05

Semester 8

TitleCredits
The Archaeology of Death05
Archaeological Project15
Biomolecular Technologies05
Human Evolution05
Experimental and Experiential Archaeology [E]05
Geoarchaeology [E]05
Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology [E]05

[E] = Elective Module. Modules subject to availability.