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GMIT Heritage Student

Bachelor of Arts in Heritage Studies

Discipline: Heritage

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Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: Three years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Pass (Grade D3 or better) in five (5) Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish, with a minimum of 140 points.

Places: 50

CAO Round 1 Points: 160 (2020)

Why Study?

Heritage includes almost anything that one generation hands down to the next, or anything from the past that people identify with. It involves the use of the past in the present – in commemorations, conservation plans, museum exhibitions, local economies, national identities, tourist attractions, etc. Today, the historic environment sector supports 40,000 jobs in Ireland and accounts for €1.5 billion revenue annually.

The BA in Heritage Studies will provide you with a broad-based knowledge of the built, cultural and natural heritages of Ireland and Europe. It will also provide you with an understanding of the role that heritage resource management plays in the safeguarding of national monuments, architecture, artefacts, archives, cultural landscapes, habitats, flora and fauna.

Programme Modules

Year 1



French (PDF 302KB); Gaeilge (PDF 302KB), German (PDF 309KB), Spanish (PDF 310KB), Rural Field Studies (PDF 304KB), Tourism Geography (PDF 303KB)


Year 2



French 2A (PDF 300KB); French 2B (PDF 300KB); Gaeilge 2A (PDF 305 KB), Gaeilge 2B (PDF 306KB), German 2A (PDF 312KB), German 2B (PDF 314KB), International Tourism (PDF 303KB), Spanish 2A (PDF 305KB), Spanish 2B (PDF 306KB), Urban Field Studies  (PDF 299KB)


Year 3




Contemporary Art in Rural Contexts (PDF 304KB), Event Management 1 (PDF 306KB), Event Management 2 (PDF 306KB), French 3A (PDF 297KB), French 3B (PDF 299KB), Gaeilge 3A (PDF 304KB), Gaeilge 3B (PDF 307KB), German 3A (PDF 309KB), German 3B (PDF 310KB), Historical Cultural Politics & Visual Production (PDF 302KB), Rural Development (PDF 300KB),  (PDF 305KB), Spanish 3B (PDF 308KB, Work Experience (PDF 306KB)

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in the following areas:

• Arts administration
• Archaeology
• Business
• Charities & NGOs
• Civic trusts
• Civil service
• Community development
• Conservation & restoration
• Creative digital media
• Genealogy
• Heritage agencies & centres
• Hospitality
• Journalism
• Leisure
• Libraries
• Local authorities
• Museums
• National parks
• Technology companies
• Tourism


Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates may progress to the final year of GMIT’s Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies, by taking a ONE-YEAR ADD-ON PROGRAMME. Progression to similar programmes in other higher education institutions is also possible.

Essential Information: 

Students learn through 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 in Ireland. Students can do a Work Experience module and can also study abroad for one or two semesters at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the USA.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.


Download Document(s): 

GMIT BA in Heritage Studies in Galway - Student Project - Lynch's Castle, Whose Castle?

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Contact Us

Joint Programme Chairs:

Mark Mc Carthy
Tel: +353 (0)91 742411
Email: Mark McCarthy

John Tunney
Tel: +353 (0)91 742102
Email: John Tunney


Head of Department:

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile
Tel: +353 (0)91 742232 
Email: Diarmuid Ó Conghaile


School Office:

Michelle Healy
Tel: +353 (0)91 742209
Email: Michelle Healy

Clare Divilly
Tel: +353 (0)91 742183
Email: Clare Divilly