Irish History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Established in 1854, UCD is steeped in Irish history and is an institution that has played a key role in the development of modern Ireland. UCD's dynamic School of History, the largest in the country, has long played a vital role in leading national debate and research on the evolution of Irish society, culture and politics. This MA will involve students working closely with some of the country's most renowned historians of Ireland to continue the tradition of providing context, insight and originality in the research of modern Irish history and its communication to a wide audience.

Students will have an opportunity to focus on their own particular areas of interest and be guided by historians with an excellent track record in the teaching and research.

Who Should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This course is open to graduates from history, social sciences or cognate disciplines.

Course Description
The modules offered encapsulate the origins, development and contemporary state of research into Irish history. Through the dissertation and in house conference, students will have an opportunity to develop and present a significant project based on original research. There is a strong emphasis on the use of primary source material, including material from the collections of the UCD archives.

Modules include:
Researching and Interpreting Modern History
Health and Humanities
Popular Culture in Modern Ireland
Landscapes & Envrionment in Ireland, 1500 - 1800

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2.1 or international equivalent in BA History or a cognate subject. Minimum of 2.1 in BA History or a cognate subject.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Dissertation HIS41030
Disseminating History HIS42020
Researching and interpreting Modern Irish History HIS42440

Stage 1 - Option

Research Collaboration HIS42380
Health & Humanities HIS42450
Pop Culture in Modern Ireland HIS42460
Landscape and Environment in Ireland, 1500-1800 HIS42490




MA Irish History (Z264) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7315
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MA Irish History (Z265) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4390
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
The experiences of UCD history graduates prove that the research and writing of Irish history is a gateway to a whole host of careers.

Careers & Employability

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers.

Many of our alumni work in international business, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the humanities is particularly valued. Others graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts, while some continue on to PhD research.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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