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GMIT History Geography course

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Geography

A Level 8 four year degree for those interested in a career in teaching and careers in history and geography.

Discipline: Heritage

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: The general minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement is a Grade O6/H7 or better in six Leaving Certificate subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics, two of which must be passed in higher level papers at Grade H5 or higher.

Places: 24

CAO Round 1 Points: 160 (2020)

Why Study?

Studying History & Geography in GMIT Mayo Campus will allow you to:

  • Acquire key professional skills valued by employers
  • Progress to the Professional Masters in Education
  • Prepare for a career in the fields of history and geography
  • Acquire transferable skills in digital media and communications
  • Gain employment in the public or private sector
  • Become self-employed
  • Progress to study at Masters and Doctoral levels

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Programme Modules

Programme modules may include the following:

Year 1

  • Irish History
  • Folklore, Folklife & Oral History
  • Earth Science
  • Geographies of 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
  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Electives (Language or Business)

Year 3

  • Ecology
  • Archaeology of Medieval Settlement
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Geographies of Rural Tourism
  • European History
  • Research Methods
  • Digital Mapping
  • Electives (Literature or Language or Business)

Students can chose between elective streams in:

  • Language (one of Spanish, German, Irish, French) or
  • Introduction to Literature and Literature & Landscape or
  • Business and Enterprise.

Year 4

  • Environmental Management & Sustainability
  • Archaeology Theory and Practice
  • Geographies of Adventure Tourism
  • European History
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Imagining Ireland
  • Modernism
  • Geographies of Heritage Tourism
  • Dissertation

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher*
  • Education Officer
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Library and Archives Professional
  • Rural Recreation Officer
  • Green Schools’ Officer
  • Ecotourism operator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Tourism Officer
  • Historian
  • Genealogist
  • Folklorist
  • Rural & Community Development Officer
  • Museum Documentation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Cultural Marketing Manager

*Graduates who wish to qualify as secondary school teachers must complete the Professional Master of Education programme (PME).

Post-graduate Studies: 

GMIT Level 8 qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry. 

Graduates of this programme may progress to the Post-Graduate Master of Education programme for History & Geography. 

Graduates of this programme can study at Masters and Doctoral level in a range of institutions.

Disciplines in which graduates can undertake post-graduate study include:

  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Rural Sustainability
  • Education
  • Architectural Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Rural Development
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Essential Information: 

GMIT Mayo was the first campus in the country to achieve the Green Flag for biodiversity, awarded by An Taisce on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Students of the History & Geography programme undertake fieldtrips, local and nationally.  They also have the option of participating in fieldtrips abroad.  Previous destinations include Rome, Vienna and Berlin.

Students have the option of studying abroad for a semester or a full academic year.

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GMIT Mayo History and Geography degree

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Dr Fiona White

Tel: +353 (0)94 904 3216

Email: Fiona White

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