History - Local History

University of Limerick

History - Local History

Reconstructing the life and dinnseanchas of local communities in the past fulfils a real need in people who identify with or belong to that locality. Though long regarded primarily as the territory of the antiquarian and the leisured scholar, local history is moving in from the margins of university teaching and scholarship and there is a growing awareness that its practice can benefit from the broader paradigms and the research methods used in history and the human sciences.

Subjects taught

Programme Content:
Year 1:
Autumn Semester:
• Foundation course: scope, sources and methods of
local history
• Reading the landscape: sources and methods in
historical research
• The excluded voice? Methods and cases in oral
history and béaloideas
• Computing, databases and quantitative research methods

Spring Semester:
• Local studies, archaeology and material culture
• Sources and cases in modern Irish history

Year 2:
Autumn Semester:
• People, time and space: local history research seminar I
• Dissertation

Spring Semester:
• People, time and space: local history research seminar II
• Dissertation

Entry requirements

Applications should possess a primary degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. history, archaeology, geography, Irish studies) with at least second class honours (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications, who have substantial experience in historical research 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.

What to include with your application:
- Qualification transcripts and certificates

- 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

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)


2 years part-time.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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