This is a one year, full-time course at MA level. On completion of the programme the student will have acquired the ability to identify and evaluate significant issues in contemporary historiographical discourse, a specialist knowledge of a select number of substantive historical themes studied through three elective modules, the ability to identify, locate and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to the understanding of a selected research topic and a capacity to present the results of substantial independent research in a selected topic. In addition, an elective Public History Internship affords students an opportunity to gain experience in partner museums and archives. The aim of the programme is to enhance the historical understanding and skills of graduates in history, to extend their capacity for historical research and thereby provide an appropriate basis for advanced research up to, and including, doctoral level.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in which history is a constituent subject, awarded with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Research Methodology
• Concepts and Methods

Choose two of the following elective modules:
• Linking families to communities
• Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history
• Sex, family and gender in eighteenth-century Ireland and Britain
• Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts
• Optional module: Beginners' Ecclesiastical Latin" for Autumn Semester

Spring Semester
• Historical Research Seminar
• Dissertation 1
• MA History Dissertation Writing

Choose one of the following elective modules:
• People on the Move: studying migration
• The 'Long War' in Ireland, 1968 - 98
• Public history internship

Summer Semester
• Dissertation 2


1 Year Full- Time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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Graduate Profile
The programme will provide an attractive opportunity for Limerick and other 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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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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