Course overview

The BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies has an applied focus and is interdisciplinary in nature. This programme is particularly appropriate for students wishing to acquire a broader knowledge and understanding of the built, cultural and natural heritages of Ireland, Europe and the wider world.

What you will learn

Students learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, active learning, class discussions, film viewings, practical learning in computer and language labs, and online learning. There is also a strong emphasis on offsite teaching, with fieldtrips to heritage sites, museums and interpretative centres. Students can do a Work Experience module and can study abroad for one or two semesters. Modules in Year 1: Mandatory: • Learning and Innovation Skills • Rural Field Studies or Tourism Geography • Irish and European History, 400-1200 • Irish and European History, 1200-1600 • Natural Heritage and Geography 1 • Natural Heritage and Geography 2 • Ireland’s Linguistic Traditions • Reading Irish Literature • Computing and Information Systems • Communications. Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German Modules in Year 2 Mandatory: • Urban Field Studies or International Tourism • Modern Irish History and Memory • Later Modern International History and Memory • History of Art and Design • Introduction to Archaeology and Built Heritage • Approaches to Archaeology 1: Cartographic History and Field Monument Identification • Irish Biogeography and Natural History • Biogeography and Natural History • Early Irish Literature • Irish Folklore Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German Modules in Year 3 Mandatory: • Museum Studies • Research Methods for Dissertations • Irish Local History and Genealogy • The Irish Musical Tradition: Cultural Histories • Approaches to Archaeology 2: Ceramics History and the Study of Burials • Database and Geographic Information Systems for the Humanities • Historical Geography • Modern Irish Literature • Digital Heritage 1 • Digital Heritage 2 Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German; Work Experience; Event Management 1; Event Management 2; Rural Development; Contemporary Art in Rural Contexts; Historical Cultural Politics and Visual Production. Modules in Year 4 Mandatory: • Dissertation • Heritage Tourism 1 • Heritage Tourism 2 • Geography, Planning and Human-Environment Relations • Irish Historiography • Irish Cinematic History and Cultural Identity • Policy Practice and Survey Methods in Built Heritage • Curatorial Practice in Critical Heritage Contexts. Electives: Gaeilge; Spanish; French; German; Biodiversity and Conservation; Environmental Impact Assessments; Entrepreneurship; Creativity and Innovation; European History Field Studies. Students can undertake a work placement module and can also study abroad for one or two semesters at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Course details

Who is the course for?

The BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies has an applied focus and is interdisciplinary in nature – linking heritage with history, geography, archaeology, tourism, genealogy, museum studies, folklore, literature, planning, computing, digital media, business and languages. This programme is particularly appropriate for students wishing to acquire a broader knowledge and understanding of the built, cultural and natural heritages of Ireland, Europe and the wider world. Employment opportunities exist in the following areas: • Arts administration • Antiques and collectibles • Archaeology • Archives • Business • Charities and NGOs • Civic trusts • Civil service • Community development • Conservation and restoration • Creative digital media • Environmental consultancies • Family history centres • Genealogical companies • Government departments • GIS • Heritage centres and agencies • Hospitality • Journalism • Lecturing • Leisure • Libraries • Local authorities • Marketing • Museums • National parks • Planning • Public relations • Publishing houses • Research • Retail outlets • Rural development • Start-up enterprises • Teaching • Technology companies • Tour guiding • Tourism agencies • Visitor attractions • World heritage organisations. Graduates of the BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies are recognised worldwide for entry to a wide range of postgraduate courses, including: • Archaeology • Archival Studies • Arts Administration • Business • Computing • Environment, Society and Development • Geography • History • Irish Studies • Journalism • Librarianship • Literature and Languages • Museum Curatorship • Planning • Publishing • Rural Sustainability • World Heritage Management and Conservation Graduates may also apply for entry to GMIT’s Level 9 MA in Heritage Studies (by research). Progression to a Level 10 PhD in Heritage Studies (by research) is also possible. Are you an International student? Contact the International Department for more information: Tel: +353 (0)91 742149. Email: international@gmit.ie
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