History - Public History

This course offers you the opportunity to build a tailored skillset that will allow you to disseminate history across multiple media platforms. You will consider how history can be used to inform public discourse and shape policy in culture, education, politics, and the media. Through a mix of academic and practical modules, you will be guided through the theory and application of public history. The course also offers the opportunity for students to undertake relevant work experience in podcasting, publishing, policy, and print media.

- Provides successful graduates with both theoretical and practical skills to disseminate history across multiple platforms

- Develops skillset as a historian alongside interdisciplinary analysis of memory studies and commemoration

- Practical skills in podcasting, exhibitions, and conference organisation.

Course Description
The course consists of a mixture of traditional history and public history modules. A built-in internship module offers students the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to a variety of real-world settings. Previous internships have been arranged at Marsh's Library, Century Ireland, Newstalk FM, the Gallery of Photography Ireland, the National Folklore Collection, and UCD's own History Hub. Students will develop the ability to understand historical problems in a comparative framework, while the dissertation module develops significant research skills.

Module offerings include:
- Disseminating History
- Politics and Communication: Internship
- Approaches to History
- An Introduction to Public History

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Stage 1 - Core
Dissertation HIS41240
Disseminating History HIS42020
Introduction to Public History: Practicing Public History HIS42310
Practising Public History HIS42350
Public History Internship Programme HIS42360

Entry requirements

A primary degree in an appropriate field such as a Bachelor of Arts, or in a cognate discipline. You must supply details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained.

Excellent academic grades 2H1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA 3.2 NFQ Level 8. Transcripts will be required.

You will be asked to complete a supporting statement outlining your reasons and motivation for wishing to undertake the course.

Two academic references from referees who are in a position to assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6 in each element), or equivalent.

Application dates

How to Apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA Public History FT (Z247)
1 Years
Full Time

MA Public History PT (Z248)
2 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.


MA Public History FT (Z247)
Duration: 1 Years
Attend: Full Time

MA Public History PT (Z248)
Duration: 2 Years
Attend: Part Time

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Students graduating from this programme will be equipped for careers in media, history, further academic study (PhD programmes), research, policy, heritage, and education (both within Ireland and abroad). The quality and versatility of MA programmes within the School of History has allowed its graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including journalism, publishing, teaching, government, law, archives, public relations, and librarianship.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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