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Bachelor of Arts in Culture and Environment

Mayo Campus

Discipline: Heritage

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Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Places: 24

CAO Round 1 Points: 140 (2015)

Why Study?

This qualification provides graduates with vital skills for the job market in the cultural, environmental and tourism sectors. It provides students with a detailed knowledge of our culture (including history, archaeology, folklore and literature) and environment (including geology, ecology and the natural environment).  It provides them with knowledge and skill required to work in tourism enterprises.

The cultural industries and the green economy are key growth sectors in Ireland and internationally.

You will learn in many different ways in the classroom, in our customised lab and through fieldtrips.

Our students are actively involved in the Green Campus initiative and contributed to the Mayo Campus being the first IT campus in Ireland to be awarded the Green Flag.  We were also the first third level college in Ireland to be awarded the Green Flag for biodiversity.

Studying Culture and Environment programmes in GMIT Mayo Campus will allow you to:

  • Acquire key professional skills valued by employers
  • Acquire transferrable skills in digital media and communications
  • Prepare for a career in the fields of culture, environment and tourism
  • Gain employment in the public or private sector
  • Become self-employed
  • Progress to study at Master’s and Doctoral Level.

Programme Modules

Programme modules may include the following:

Year 1

  • Irish History
  • Folklore, Folklife  & Oral History
  • Earth Science
  • Rural Development
  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • PC Applications
  • Electives (Language or Business)

Year 2

  • Natural Environment
  • Society and Nature
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Work Experience
  • Local History Genealogy
  • Archaeology: Prehistoric
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Electives (Language or Business)

Year 3

  • Ecology
  • Archaeology: Settlement
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Rural Tourism
  • Research Methods
  • Digital Mapping
  • Electives (European History or Language or Business)

Students can chose between elective streams in:

  • Language (one of Spanish, German, Irish, French) or
  • Business and Enterprise.


Career Opportunities

This programme will prepare you for careers which might include but are not limited to:

  • Education Officer
  • Teacher*
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Library and Archives Assistant
  • Rural Recreation Office
  • Green Schools’ Officer
  • Museum Documentation Assistant
  • Ecologist
  • Tourism Officer
  • Historian
  • Genealogist
  • Folklorist
  • Rural and Community Development Officer

You will also be able to work with organisations such as Teagasc, the National Museum of Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

* In order to qualify as a Teacher, students would have to carry on to obtain an MA in Education to teach at Post Primary level.

Follow-on Studies: 

You may continue your studies at GMIT Mayo Campus and gain an honours degree.

There are many other programmes available to you after you complete this programme both in GMIT and at other institutes and universities in Ireland and elsewhere.

Post-graduate Studies: 

Upon completion of their Level 8 Honours degree, graduates of this programme have progressed to undertake further study at Master's and Doctoral level in Ireland and abroad in areas including Environmental Management, Geographical Information Systems, Archaeology and History.

Essential Information: 

Students undertake a range of fieldtrips in Mayo and around Ireland.  There are also optional study trips abroad.

In the past, our students have travelled to cities like:

  • Rome
  • Berlin
  • Florence
  • London
  • Edinburgh

Download Document(s): 

Studying Heritage Studies at GMIT

Apply for Culture & Environment (with Tourism) at GMIT Mayo

Contact Us


Fiona White

094-9043216 or
Email: Fiona White

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