History - The Irish Revolution 1912 - 1923
The aim of the course is to introduce students to, familiarise them with, and inculcate an advanced understanding of, the events of, sources for the study of, lines of historiographical enquiry relating to, and social memory and commemoration of, the revolutionary decade in modern Irish history from the start of the crisis over the third home rule bill in 1912 to the conclusion of the Irish civil war in 1923.
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
• evaluate the significance of the principal issues and problems of the 'revolutionary decade' in modern Irish history, 1912-23
• summarise the competing interpretations of the significance of the events of the 'revolutionary decade'
• compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of public and academic histories of the 'revolutionary decade'
• evaluate and incorporate new insights informed by the forefront of the field of learning;
• judge the value of the source material available for the study of this period
• assess the contribution of the work of specific historians to our understating of the 'revolutionary decade'
The first module, Sources and debates in the Irish revolution, will examine contemporary writings, speeches and debates of the revolutionary period, with the attention on such figures as Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Edward Carson, James Craig, David Lloyd George, Arthur Griffith, Terence MacSwiney, Constance Markiewicz, and many others. Students will also be introduced to the source material available for the study of the period, in both manuscript and on-line form, such as government archives, newspapers, IRA pension applications, Bureau of Military History testimonies, police records, and the like.The second module, Historiography of the Irish revolution, examines the arguments and interpretation of the events by historians from the 1920s to the present day.
The final module, Public history, Commemoration, and the Irish Revolution, focuses on the role of 'public history', that is, the use of the events of this 'revolutionary decade' by politicians and other groups and individuals to promote contemporary agendas.
The research module gives candidates the opportunity to explore in depth the subject matter of their proposal.
Students take modules to the value of 90 credits comprising taught modules to the value of 45 credits (Part I) and a dissertation to the value of 45 credits (Part II).
Students take 90 credits as follows:
HI6042 Sources and debates in the Irish revolution (15 credits);
HI6049 Historiography of the Irish revolution (15 credits)
HI6050 Public history, commemoration, and the Irish revolution (15 credits)
HI6100 History Dissertation (45 credits): A dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words must be submitted by a specified date in September.
For further details and module descriptions, see the Postgraduate Academic Calendar
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
The entry requirement is a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or equivalent in History or a cognate discipline.
Candidates who hold a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in History or a cognate discipline will also be considered subject to a written expression of interest and/or interview consistent with the school selection procedures.
In exceptional circumstances, substantial professional experience in a relevant and related field of employment (such as, but not restricted to, teaching, archives, museums, the heritage or tourism industries), that equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to undertake an MA programme, may be accepted as compensating for the absence of an undergraduate degree to the required standard. All such applications to be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) on a case by case basis by the programme co-ordinator and would be subject to the approval of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland:
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Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
Briefly describe a research proposal which may form the basis of your dissertation. A proposal covering (but not limited to) such matters as a summary description of the proposed topic, a list of major research questions to be investigated, a brief summary of existing literature on the subject, and an outline of how the proposed research will add to this literature, must also accompany every application.
Admission to the course is based on a combination of the applicant's undergraduate degree and results, the quality of the proposal submitted, any other relevant information (eg evidence of a prior interest in, and commitment to, the subject matter). Where it is deemed necessary, an applicant will be required to attend an interview with the programme co-ordinator. All applications will be considered by a programme selection committee.
The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June.
1 Year full-time, 2 Years Part Time.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the course will be well-placed, either to continue to continue with further study of the period (the course serving as an ideal preparation for doctoral-level research), or to apply for the numerous jobs relating to the revolutionary decade that will arise in heritage, media, research and tourism areas, as a result of the heightened interest in the period produced by their centenaries.