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What will I learn?

The MLitt in Archaeology is a two-year, research-only masters, that is assessed by thesis (indicative word-count 40,000). The MLitt is a good option for students who are interested in advanced research, but not at the level of PhD. It is a good platform from which to progress to a PhD.

Research Areas

The Burren Landscape through Time

Exploring the archaeology of the Burren from prehistoric to early modern times.

Landscape Archaeology

Providing an enhanced understanding of the interaction between people and landscape, from prehistoric times to modern day.

Ritual and Place

Exploring the role and context of ritual centres in prehistoric and medieval Ireland.

Material Culture, Art and Society

Exploring the style, pedigree and iconography of religious and decorative art in early medieval Ireland against its wider European backdrop.

Gaelic and Colonial Ireland

Providing modern Irish society with a new understanding of native society and its engagement with newcomers and colonisation.

Public Archaeology

Developing professional ethics and standards through mutually accountable work with communities to support their heritage in Ireland and abroad with particular concern for the positive and negative impact of development.

Irish Prehistory

All aspects of Irish prehistory including, but not limited to: the development of societies; interactions between people, place and landscape in prehistory; upland settlement; regionality; role of mountains in prehistory; megalithic monuments; lithics.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€14,250.00 (US$ 16,530) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022


National University of Ireland, Galway

University Road,


Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Second Class Honours in a Level 8 (bachelor’s or equivalent) engineering degree in a related discipline from a recognised university or third-level college, with substantial elements of energy, mechanical, electrical and/or civil engineering. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

For international students

Applicants for the MLitt must have a primary degree in archaeology with a Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or its equivalent international qualification.

English Language Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall; Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE): 176 overall; Cambridge C2 Advanced (CPE): 180 overall; TOEFL: 88; Pearson PTE: 61; Duolingo English Test: 110.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About National University of Ireland

While situated in one of the smaller university cities globally, NUI Galway has a far-reaching reputation for excellent research and study programmes.

  • Four excellent colleges offering a wide selection of courses
  • Excellent reputation for teaching excellence and research
  • Exceptionally high graduate employment rates
  • Study in a city regularly voted one of the world’s friendliest