Certificate in Irish Archaeology (International – Online)

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Credits 18
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Special Purpose Award
  • Duration 1 year

Course Summary


The online Certificate is an introduction to the archaeology of Ireland.  Choose one to three modules to add credits to your home degree. Or enjoy simply for interest.

Two modules are online: take class from the comfort of your own home. Our Sligo Summer School is available as a third module – visit sites and take classes in Ireland.

Tomb 4, Carrowmore Passage Tomb complex, Co. Sligo; over 5000 years old (After Mike Bunn)


Modules 1 and 2 below will comprise of one lecture online weekly for 13 weeks/semester.

IT Sligo is the leader in the delivery of online distance education in Ireland since 2002. All lectures are recorded for those who may not be able to attend lecture live.

Module 3 will comprise a 2-week stay based at IT Sligo undertaking field trips to archaeological monuments, buildings and sites in the region.

All exams and continuous assessment will be done remotely and submitted online. Each module has its own web page (Moodle) where lecturers can post useful resources, students can submit assignments, receive feedback and where students can communicate with their lecturer and with each other.

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Participants who successfully complete the full programme of 18 credits will be awarded a Certificate in the Archaeology of Ireland. The Programme will also be available as single modules.

Key Course Information

Attendance Requirements

Modules 1 and 2 are taught wholly online and we are now accepting applications (until January 21st, 2022) to start at the end of January 2022. Module 3, a study tour of archaeological sites in the region, will involve a 2 week stay based at IT Sligo. Accommodation and flights - self organised and funded. Dates for the 2022 study tour will be May 30th to June 10th, 2022. The third module can also be completed in 2023.

Application Closing Date: January 21st, 2022


Application Closing Date : 21st January 2022

Entry Requirements

All those with a Level 6 qualification in a related discipline are eligible to apply for this programme. It can also be taken as part of a recognised degree programme with the credits transferred to your home institution. Mature applicants need not have the above minimum entry requirements and acceptance will be based on individual applications.

Career Opportunities

After completing this Certificate, students may progress to further study, including the Level 7 Ordinary BSc in Applied Archaeology (+ 1 year) in IT Sligo followed by a level 8 Honours BSc Degree. Graduates may enter the work place as field excavators, or get involved in heritage tourism.

Further Study


Clara Taylor International (USA) Student (May 2020)

“I have always been interested in Irish history since my grandmother told me about her mothers’ memories of Ireland. When I was 14 I had an opportunity to do an Ambassadorship to the UK for the summer before I started high school. When I got back to the states I swore to myself that I would go back and take at least one class in Europe.

                My name is Clara Taylor and I go to school at the University of Arizona in the United States of American. I am getting a degree in BS in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and a minor in Library Sciences. The Irish Archaeology program has given a good starting point to learn more about the history of Ireland. I wanted to be a part of the Archaeology program in particular because there is so much that can be learned from what a group of people leaves behind. This program covers a lot of time in a very short period but this allows a student to find what part of the archaeological record they enjoy learning the most and gives them a starting point to go forward with their own studies. This is at least what the Archaeology Program has done from me. I now have a starting point for the time that interests me the most that I can now work towards in the rest of my academic career. I look forward to the study tour so that I can finally see the places that I have been learning about all term and experience for myself the beauty and wonder that I see in the photos of my textbook and lectures”.

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Programme Fees



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Course Format

Taught Modules run throughout the year and students can choose to commence their studies in September or January of each academic Semester. Students can elect to study one or two modules per Semester. The Study Tour is only run once per year in the second Semester and is scheduled for June of that Semester
Taught Modules  Credits
Prehistoric Ireland, from Ice Age to Iron Age: 12,500 BC - AD 400 06
The Archaeology and Architecture of Medieval Ireland 400-1550AD 06
Study Tour*
Archaeology of Ireland two-week Study Tour: North-West of Ireland 06
*Please note that the Study Tour will run subject to public health guidelines available at the time and may be impacted by the current global pandemic. You course co-ordinator will keep you updated throughout the Semester.