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. The programme combines extensive training in the use of sources, concepts and methodologies with specialist modules on Irish, European and International history from the early modern to the modern periods. In addition, a Public History Internship affords opportunities for career-advancing experience in museums, libraries and archives.

Subjects taught

Programme Content

Autumn Semester
• Research Methodology
• Historical Research in Practice I

Electives (choose 2):
• Linking families to communities
• The Evolution of the Irish Town, 1609-1960
• Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history
• Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts
• University & Society, 1500-1789 Optional module:
• Beginners' Ecclesiastical Latin

Spring Semester
• 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).

Electives (Choose 1)
• People on the Move: studying migration
• Public history internship
• The 'Long War' in Ireland, 1968-98

Summer Semester
• Dissertation 2

Note: Credit Structure: Semester 1 = 30 ECTS, Semester 2 = 30 ECTS; Summer = 30 ECTS; Total=90 ECTS. Elective modules offered may vary each semester or each year Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

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

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.

Application dates

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


1 Year Full- Time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

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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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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