Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies (L8)

Galway International Hotel School
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Heritage Studies (L8)

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.

The BA (Honours) in Heritage Studies has an applied focus and is interdisciplinary in nature. This program 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.

Admission requirements

The general minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement is Grade O6/H7 or better in six Leaving Certificate subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics. Two of the six Leaving Certificate subjects must be passed in higher level papers at Grade H5 or higher with a minimum of 160 points.

English Language Requirements

  • Non-EU applicants: Non-EU applicants, who are not English speakers, must have a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) or equivalent
  • EU applicants: EU applicants, who are not English speakers, are recommended to have a minimum score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic) or equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Year 1:

  • Learning and Innovation Skills
  • Irish and European History, 400-1200
  • Natural Heritage and Geography 1
  • Ireland’s Linguistic Traditions
  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Rural Field Studies or Tourism Geography
  • Irish and European History, 1200-1600
  • Natural Heritage and Geography 2
  • Reading Irish Literature
  • Communications

Year 2:

  • Urban Field Studies or International Tourism
  • History of Art and Design
  • Irish Biogeography and Natural History
  • Introduction to Archaeology and Built Heritage
  • Biogeography and Natural History
  • Early Irish Literature
  • Irish Folklore
  • Modern Irish History and Memory
  • Later Modern International History and Memory
  • Approaches to Archaeology 1: Cartographic History and Field Monument Identification

Year 3:

  • Museum Studies
  • Irish Local History and Genealogy
  • Historical Geography
  • Approaches to Archaeology 2: Ceramics History and the Study of Burials
  • Database and Geographic Information Systems for the Humanities
  • Research Methods for Dissertations
  • The Irish Musical Tradition: Cultural Histories
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Digital Heritage 1
  • Digital Heritage 2

Year 4:

  • Dissertation
  • Heritage Tourism 2
  • Irish Cinematic History and Cultural Identity
  • Irish Historiography
  • Curatorial Practice in Critical Heritage Contexts
  • Heritage Tourism 1
  • Geography, Planning and Human-Environment Relations
  • Policy Practice and Survey Methods in Built Heritage

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


EU students

  • Student Contribution fee - €3,000
  • Tuition fee - €819
  • Total fee - €3,819

Non-EU students

  • Student Contribution fee - €3,000
  • Tuition fee - €6,950
  • Total fee - €9,950


  • Credits: 240
  • Award for Level 8: Honours Bachelor Degree, Higher Diploma

Continuing studies

Graduates of the Honours degree are eligible to apply for entry to a wide range of postgraduate programs worldwide. They may also apply for entry to GMIT’s Level 9 MA in Heritage Studies (by research). Progression to GMIT’s Level 10 PhD in Heritage Studies (by research) is also possible

Career paths

Employment opportunities exist in the following areas: arts administration; antiques & collectibles; archaeology; archives & libraries; business; charities & NGOs; civic trusts; civil service: community development; conservation & restoration; creative digital media; environmental consultancies; genealogy; GIS; heritage agencies & centres; hospitality; journalism; leisure; local authorities; museums; national parks; planning; publishing houses; research: start-up enterprises; teaching & lecturing; technology companies; tourism; world heritage organisations.

About this institute

Galway International Hotel School

Galway International Hotel School has an international reputation in offering courses to support the Tourism Industry. We were the first higher education institute in Ireland in 1977 to award degrees in Hotel Management and we have alumni working all over...

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