History of Family

University of Limerick

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

Full-Time Programme Content:
Autumn Semester:
Core Modules:
• Introduction to the History of Family
• MA research methodology

Electives (choose 2):
• 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

Electives (choose 1):
• People on the move: studying migration
• Irish diaspora: a social and cultural history

Summer Semester
Core Module:
• 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

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at www.ul.ie
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

Please have the following documents ready to upload with your application:

- Qualification transcripts and certificates

- English language qualification if English is not your first language

- Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.

- A copy of your birth certificate (long document).


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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