Diploma in Folklore & Heritage of the North West, Ireland


Program Description

This diploma programme will provide participants with an awareness of, and a critical approach to, a wide range of historical evidence in the North West region.

Participants will develop a range of skills that will enable you to trace your family history, learn about lore, life & mythology in the region, and stimulate you 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 experience, 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: October - May

What is the course duration?

  • 2 years part-time: October – May each year
  • Classes take place on Saturdays from 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday dates Academic Year 2016/17 10am - 4pm

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

  • Registration onto the module/programme
  • Introduction to Moodle (online 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, staff in heritage centres and museums. It will also appeal to those interested in the folklore, folklife 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 (Local 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:

  • EU fees: €990 per year (€330 per module)
  • Non-EU student fees: €1, 800 (€600 per module)

This fee is subject to a yearly review

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.

Closing date: For October 2016 intake applications are open until 31st August 2016

Awarding Body: National University of Ireland, Galway.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

St. Angela’s College, Sligo, a College of the National University of Ireland, Galway, is a provider of University-level education and research in the North West of Ireland. As a College within the w ... Read More

St. Angela’s College, Sligo, a College of the National University of Ireland, Galway, is a provider of University-level education and research in the North West of Ireland. As a College within the wider National University network we are a dynamic, fast-growing educational institution that recognises our strategic location in Sligo and the North West. We are fully responsive to the local/regional needs and aware of our contribution not only to University-level education but to the social and economic development of the region. Read less