History of Family

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well-developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester

Core Modules:
• Introduction to the History of Family
• MA research methodology

Choose two of the following elective modules:
• Linking families to communities
• Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history (online)
• Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts
• University & Society, 1500-1789
• The evolution of the Irish town, 1609-1960

Spring Semester
Core Modules:
• History research seminar
• Dissertation 1
• Dissertation writing in history of family

Choose one of the following elective modules:
• People on the move: studying migration
• Irish diaspora: a social and cultural history

Summer Semester
Core Modules:
• Dissertation 2

Part Time Programme Content Students wishing to take the programme on a part-time basis over two years will complete the dissertation in year two of the programme.

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.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a primary degree with a second-class honours, in a relevant discipline such as history, archaeology, geography, or Irish Studies (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications who have substantial experience in the History of Family (such as appropriate publications), or relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission.

Application dates

What to Upload with your Application

Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A copy of your birth certificate

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 or 2 Years, Part Time

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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