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Landscape Archaeology (MA)
The landscape has become an increasingly important and significant concept in today’s Ireland, and is a central avenue for both academic research as well as for contemporary heritage management.
Drawing on a range of expertise in prehistoric and historic landscapes, the MA (Landscape Archaeology) offers an intensive one-year programme in landscape archaeology. The course provides a critical understanding of landscapes, and their components, character and relevance, in today’s society. The landscape has become an increasingly significant concept in modern Ireland, and is a central part of both academic research and contemporary heritage management
A strong element of the programme is the field-based teaching, held in various archaeological landscapes around Ireland. A series of Field Survey workshops is also part of the programme, teaching you the basics in manual surveying, total station survey and geophysical surveys, as well as high precision GPS survey.
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Who Teaches this Course
- Dr Stefan Bergh
- Dr Carleton Jones
- Mr Conor Newman
- Dr Michelle Comber
- Dr Elizabeth FitzPatrick
- Dr Kieran O'Conor
- Ms. Maggie Ronayne
- Mr. Joe Fenwick
- Ms. Angela Gallagher
In addition, up to 15 guest lecturers contribute to the course. These include staff members of other academic departments in NUI Galway and archaeologists from the National Roads Authority, from local authorities, from private consultancies, from other academic institutions and from The Discovery Programme.
Requirements and Assessment
1 year, full-time | 2 years, part-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
12 (The programme is offered subject to a minimum number of 6 registered applicants).
Please refer to the review/closing dates website.
Mode of study
GYA80 full-time | GYA81 part-time
The history of landscape archaeology is explored, as are contemporary philosophical treatments of the concept of landscape. Various issues surrounding the protection, management, and presentation of archaeological landscapes are considered and case-studies are used to examine the wide range of such landscapes and their components. There is emphasis on fieldwork training and a critical understanding of the range of sources used. Students are provided with a basic foundation in GIS and its applications in archaeology and are introduced to electronic survey and digital mapping, geophysical prospection, and data processing. Practical demonstrations and field exercises are an important element of the programme.
Programme content (subject to change):
- Landscape Perspectives
- Interpreting Landscapes
- Managing Landscapes
- Investigating Landscapes
- Digital Landscapes
- Geographical Information Systems and Landscape Archaeology
The programme is based on six modules:
- Landscape perspectives: you are introduced to the fascinating world of landscape studies, and its theoretical foundations.
- Interpreting landscapes: this module focuses on how different archaeological landscapes can be read and interpreted based on case studies reaching from the Neolithic to the present day.
- GIS and Landscape Archaeology: this is an introduction to the basic concepts of GIS, and via tutorials you will gain basic proficiency in a selection of archaeological applications in ArcGIS 9.3.
- Managing landscapes: the role of archaeology in the planning process is explored. You are also introduced to the politics of landscape and Public Archaeology.
- Investigating landscapes: the wide range of sources and methods used in landscape archaeology are explored, with a focus on their potential and limitation.
- Presenting landscapes: introduction to Adobe Photoshop. The module also consists of a week’s field school in the Burren, Co. Clare.
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant—please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your full-time tuition. You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee. An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay full-time TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270. SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.
Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.