Course Overview

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.

Enquiries should be made to the Head of Discipline. The application is developed from an initial discussion of your research interests, and more detailed conversations with a prospective supervisor, after which a formal application is made through the Postgraduate Applications System. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the research interests and expertise of staff in the Discipline. 

To view the Discipline of Archaeology website please click HERE.

Programmes Available

MLitt (Archaeology), full-time
MLitt (Archaeology), part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

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

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

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.

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Dr. Stefan Bergh 
T +353 91 492 052