Irish Regional History

Carlow College - St. Patrick's

Irish Regional History

Course Outline
The M.A. in Irish Regional History offers both a challenging and rewarding introduction into the advanced study of history by combining a range of taught modules with opportunities for independent research. The programme is structured to develop a conceptual, methodological and practice-based understanding of history. The aim is to expand intellectual experience by encouraging new evidential research and challenging existing interpretations of historical narratives. The programme will build on students historical expertise and further develop their professional competencies. Students have the opportunity to carry out research and study in the fields of regional history and cultural heritage that will have a focus on the South-East, but will allow research proposals and projects that relate to other Irish regions.

The M.A. in Irish Regional History is distinctive in offering this regional, cultural and oral history aspect of its programme. Learning regional or local history can motivate learning about how the grand scheme of historical change has been made up of countless individuals and often ordinary people that contributed to a specific region. This M.A. programme aims to produce historians who will find, preserve and communicate this history within the academy and public arenas, and gain employment in the fields of heritage, tourism, media and education.*

* Accredited by the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1
• Exploring Historiography and Research Methods
• Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History

Semester 2
• Historical Research, Design and Practice
• Stories from the Archives: Doing Irish Regional History
• Cultural Heritage
• Revealing Hidden Voices: Oral History

Year 2:
Semester 1
• Emerging Histories: Research Seminars

Semester 2
• Thesis

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria
The minimum requirements for application for entry to this programme are:

1. A degree at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ with an award at a minimum of second class honours grade 2 or its equivalent under the European Framework of Qualifications or other international educational qualification recognition system); or

2.Applicants who hold a degree at Level 8 with an award of pass or who hold a degree at Level 7 or their respective equivalents on the NFQ and the EFQ may be considered for entry to the programme if they can show evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of three years or who can evidence a portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies; or

3. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not hold a degree at Level 7 or Level 8 on the NFQ may be considered for entry subject to evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of 8 years or who can evidence a relatively substantial portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies.

Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to provide evidence that their spoken and written level of English is adequate for successful participation in the programme.

Application dates

Closing Date: 30th June 2020


2 Years part-time.

Each semester is 20 weeks, with two evenings per week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for 12 weeks of lectures/seminars running from September to December and January to May, aside from the thesis which will encompass 32 weeks of mainly independent study/research.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
The M.A. in Irish Regional History aims to provide graduates with the skills and expertise to pursue a range of professional pathways, for example: heritage agencies and centres, County Council Heritage Officers, conservation and restoration, museums, national parks, tourism, charities and NGOs, research positions in government agencies and media companies, and arts administration. It will also be attractive to those who already work in the wider heritage sector and wish to upskill for professional development.

Employability is not the only reason to acquire a postgraduate degree. Students also enjoy the chance to pursue their undergraduate subject or field of interest at a more advanced level. An M.A. can allow learners to follow a subject that they have passion for where the end goal is education and knowledge.

Further Study
This programme encourages lifelong learning and is useful for progression to undertaking further study at level 9 or graduates may choose to advance to PhD level in similar fields of study.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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