Key programme benefits to future students
The programme provides a valued route to doctoral research, and to careers in education, research, archival and heritage services, to name but a few.

Students who participate in the programme will develop their research skills but also deepen their knowledge of substantive and theoretical areas of historical study, guided by faculty with expertise in early modern and modern Irish, European, and international history.

An elective Public History Internship will afford students an opportunity to gain placement experience in partner museums, libraries, and archives.

Key Fact:
As part of the programme of study, students can engage in a public history internship module. Students on the programme can get hands-on experience of the cultural heritage sector and develop their professional network whilst completing their MA programme.

Subjects taught

Autumn Modules
• Concepts and Methods
• Historical Research in Practice I (attendance at research seminars)

Optional Modules
Art and power in the age of the Tudors and Stuarts | Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History | Linking Families to Communities | University and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe | The Evolution of the Irish Town, 1609-1960 | Beginners’ ecclesiastical Latin

Spring Modules
• History Research Seminar
• Historical Research in Practice II (attendance at research seminars)
• Directed Reading in History (an aid to research under the direction of dissertation supervisor)

Optional Modules
Public History Internship | People on the move: studying migration | The Long War in Ireland, 1968-98

Summer Modules
• Dissertation

Entry requirements

A primary degree in which history is a constituent subject, awarded with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - Quality & Qualifications Ireland). Applicants who do not meet those criteria but who have equivalent academic qualifications may be considered.

Entry procedure: Such applicants may be invited for interview and will be asked to bring examples of their written historical work with them and copies of relevant academic transcripts.

What to Include with your Application
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
A copy of your birth certificate or passport
Personal statement
If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
The programme will provide an attractive opportunity for graduates considering a career - whether in higher education, teaching in secondary or primary level, the heritage, archival or library sectors - that requires or benefits from postgraduate research experience in history.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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