Diploma in Arts (Folklore and Heritage of the North West)

Category: Educational Courses, Heritage and Folklore, Diploma
Duration: 2 years part-time (Saturdays) or standalone module
Level: 7
Credit: ECTS 30
Start Date: September 2020
Qualification Required: Active interest in this area
Qualification Attained: Diploma in Arts (Folklore & Heritage of The North West)


This diploma programme will provide participants with an awareness of, and a critical approach to, a wide range of historical evidence on the North West. It is accredited at Level 7 by NUI Galway and will provide enthusiasts with formal training. 

You will develop the skills and confidence to trace your family history, learn about lore, life & mythology in the region, and be immersed in themes of local history & archaeology. The programme will introduce participants to a wide variety of primary sources & other materials utilised in researching folklore, genealogy, local history & archaeology. Students will be exposed to a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies, including fieldwork and site vists, all of which is delivered by experts in the subject areas. The course comprises of 6 modules - 3 per year. There is no written examination as all modules are assessed either by assignment/small project etc

There are six modules on offer within the diploma structure. Students are required to complete 3 modules each year.

Participants who do not want to complete assessments for Diploma Level 7 can complete this programme on an 'Audit Basis' whereby participants can attend some or all modules that they have a keen interest in. Modules can be paid for separately in advance. Please contact the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) for more details on this option.


Introduction to Local History

Folklore and Folklife 

Pre-Famine & Famine Times in the North West 

Family and Genealogy

Myths & Legends of the North West

Archaeology of the North West 


3 modules are available each year: September - May

A number of field trips are scheduled throughout both years, designed to complement each module. Click on the link below to see photos of one of our field trips from this course.

Please note that the programme and / or individual modules only run(s) subject to sufficient numbers.


What is the course duration?

2 years part-time: September – May each year

Classes will take place on Saturdays (please see table below for specific dates). 



Myths and Legends




Induction dates onto the programme for those who have not attended St. Angela's College previously:

• Date to be confirmed

It is very important to attend induction evening. Induction incorporates the following:

Registration onto the module/programme

Introduction to Moodle (on-line learning facility)

  • How to use Library Services
  • Orientation onto and about the module 
  • Introduction to module leader/lecturers

What our students think?

"I decided to enrol in this course as I have always had an interest in local history.  I didn’t envisage the amount we would cover in a few short weeks and the hunger I would develop to uncover more.  The course is extremely interesting and, in Module 1, we have covered the Development of History in Ireland; History of maps, surveys, placenames and photography in Ireland; Architecture 1800- present and Vernacular Architecture. Lectures have been informative and enjoyable. I had no idea the amount of history sitting on our doorstep.  It is great that a course like this has been established giving the ordinary person a chance to unearth the secrets of their locality." Simone Hickey 
"I am really enjoying my first year as a student on the Diploma Course “Folklore and Heritage of the North West”.  Our lecturer and staff at St. Angela’s are very approachable and most helpful.  The subject matter is varied which makes for interesting discussions.  The guest speakers have been inspirational.  I am looking forward to the remainder of the course." Francis McCabe 

Who should apply?

The Diploma programme is open to all, and may be of particular interest to primary & secondary school teachers, librarians, archivists, and staff in heritage centres and museums. It will also appeal to those interested in the folklore, folk life and heritage of the North West of Ireland and beyond!

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in Arts (Folklore & Heritage of the North West) and no previous knowledge of the subject area is required. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements.

Course Fees to attain Diploma qualification:

Starting in September 2020, EU fees are €1,050 per year (€350 per module)

This fee is subject to a yearly review

The fee for each module must be paid in advance of the start date. Failure to pay fees in full will result in non-progression or award/graduation from the programme.

Course/Module fees for non-accreditation:

For those with an interest in the subject who opt to take modules without being assessed, the fees from September 2020 are €250 per module (which must be paid in full in advance of module start date). If however, you wish to undertake assessment the additional fee of €100 can be paid prior to submitting assessment.



Payments are processed through the Finance Department. Payments can be made by direct transfer to the College Bank Account, by cheque/postal order or by credit card over the phone with finance at 071-9195524.
The College Bank Account details are available here - 

What future prospects are there for students graduating from this programme?

Employment opportunities exist in libraries, archives, heritage centres, genealogy, research and museums. Students can also progress their studies through the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland framework to Level 8 (Degree), Level 9 (Postgraduate diploma/Masters degree) and Level 10 (Doctoral Studies/PhD).

What academic progression is available at St. Angela's College after completing the course?

Students who attain an honours Diploma may be eligible for direct entry onto the Masters in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West.  Full details about this MA are available on our website.

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below or alternatively print and complete the application form and follow the payment option below. If you are being funded by your employer please forward letter to that effect to us from your employer/funding organisation and we will invoice directly.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order for €40 (non-refundable booking deposit) made payable to St. Angela’s College.  We also require a passport size photo and a copy of any examination results.

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway.







T: 071 9135628

E: jocallaghan@stangelas.nuigalway.ie  

Tutor Profiles

  1. Gary Burke, Diploma in Arts (Folklore and Heritage of the North West)
    Gary has a strong interest in heritage and history after completing a BA in Heritage Studies and MA in History. View full profile here...
  2. Ms Tamlyn Mc Hugh Lecturer on Diploma in Arts (Folklore & Heritage of the North West)
    Tamlyn McHugh BA MA MIAI is a Sligo based consultant archaeologist and a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. She is eligible to hold an excavation licence and runs Fadó Archaeology, an archaeological consultancy business. View full profile here...
  3. John Kerrigan, Module Leader MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West
    Originally from Northwest County Galway John obtained a BA Degree in Heritage Studies from GMIT in 2006 and a Master in Folklore and Ethnology from UCC in 2008. View full profile here...
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