The Irish Archaeology Field School provides a wide range of expert led research focused courses designed to introduce students to practical archaeological field methods, and to build and expand on knowledge and experience gained in the classroom.  Courses are ideal for students of anthropology, archaeology, history, medieval studies, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, Irish studies and community archaeology. Students may earn transferable university credits towards their undergraduate degree, through our academic partners at the Institute for Field Research.

If you are a student enrolled in a university in Ireland, please follow this link.

Credit Courses

The Institute for Field Research four week programme includes a credit option for transferable university credit, awarded from the accrediting body (UCLA Extension). Students will enrol in a program that gives the student a comprehensive orientation in archaeology and a professional work environment. Progress is measured with assessment, and successful students will receive transferable university credit, if required.


The Study Abroad International Office at Maynooth University offers short-term programmes (one/two weeks) for undergraduate students, in field archaeology and forensic anthropology. All students will receive Maynooth University transcripts after the end of the program, attesting to their grade and completion of the module.

Unaccredited courses

These courses are offered on an experience only basis; suitable for students and graduates. Please note there are pre-requisites for some courses.

Specialist/Advanced courses Winter and Summer: Students may choose from one of two courses intended for students with previous archaeological field excavation experience, who wish to improve or expand on skills: Advanced Methods in Field Archaeology

Introduction courses Winter and Summer: students may opt for the spring or summer courses: Introduction of Field Archaeology.

Internships: This eight to 12 week program is intended for students who with to develop practical experience in a professional workplace environment. This program is offered through our partners at Learn International.

If you are not sure or wish to ask a question, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.