GMIT Heritage Studies modules on offer to the general public from January 2019

Friday, November 30, 2018 Press Office
Press Release

GMIT has a long-established tradition of excellence in delivering programmes in Heritage Studies to undergraduate students.  From January 2019, a selection of modules from the full-time Heritage Studies programmes will be on offer on a stand-alone basis to non-CAO applicants and to the general public.  All modules being offered are fully accredited at levels 6, 7 & 8, and are delivered by a team of lecturers who have both national and international recognition for their knowledge, expertise, and experience. 

The modules on offer are across six broad subject areas, namely:

  • History – Irish, European and International
  • Natural Heritage – Geography & Natural Environment
  • Built Heritage – Archaeology & Field Studies
  • Cultural Heritage – Literature, Folklore, Cinema, Music & Art
  • Heritage Tourism & Museology
  • Technology in Heritage

Methods of module delivery vary from lectures, tutorials, active learning, class discussion, and film viewings to practical work in computer labs and online learning. There is also a strong emphasis on offsite teaching, with fieldtrips to heritage sites, museums and interpretative centres around Ireland.

It is expected that many of the modules on offer will be of interest to a wide audience who may wish to pursue a particular subject area with the intention of attaining further knowledge and expertise in a structured and accredited format. The selection of modules on offer may be ideal for members of heritage groups, tourism professionals, heritage centre/museum operators, and general interest applicants.

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department of Heritage & Tourism, Languages & Humanities, in GMIT’S Galway International Hotel School, says: “There is no other educational institution on the island of Ireland that has as much experience in the area of Heritage Studies as we do in GMIT.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our team of Heritage Studies lecturers to share their knowledge and expertise to a wider audience, and we look forward to doing so by reaching further out into the community with our educational offering.”

Applications are open now and will close on Thursday 10th January 2018.  Places are limited, and classes will begin on Monday 14th January 2018.

Interested applicants can find further information on the GMIT website For general queries about the modules on offer please email and for queries on application and fees please contact or phone 091-742145.