Irish Regional History

Carlow College - St. Patrick's

Irish Regional History

The programme is designed to provide a comparative analysis between counties in different areas, rather than focusing on historical events at a very local level. It is structured in a way that develops a conceptual, methodological and practice-based understanding of history.

Who is this programme for?
The programme aims to produce historians who will find, preserve and communicate this history within the academic and public arenas, and gain employment in the fields of heritage, tourism, media and education.

Three great reasons to study this course:

• Only programme of its kind on the east coast of Ireland.

• Focus is on 'doing' regional history, learning and debating cultural heritage, and practicing oral history.

• Opportunity to progress to Masters at end of semester two.

Subjects taught

Course Modules

Over the course of three semesters, students will take seven modules, culminating in the completion of a significant independent research project.

Modules include:
• Exploring Historiography and Research Methods
• Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History
• Historical Research, Design and Practice
• Stories from the Archives: Doing Irish Regional History
• Cultural Heritage
• Revealing Hidden Voices: Oral History
• Emerging Histories: Research Seminars

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

• Hold a primary degree (Level 8) awarded at Second- Class Honours, Grade 2 (or equivalent)*

• 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.

*Applicants who hold a degree at Level 8 with an award of pass or who hold a degree at Level 7 (or equivalent) may be considered with evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of three years or a portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies. 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 substantial portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies.

Application dates

When to Apply: Applications open in early February and close 31st July each year.


18 Months (part-time)

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
Graduates will possess the skills and expertise to pursue a range of professional pathways, in for example, Heritage Agencies and Centres, Local Authority Heritage Offices, Conservation and Restoration roles, Museums, National Parks, Tourism Centres, Charities and NGO's, Research and Archive positions in Government Agencies and Media companies, and Arts and Heritage Administration. It will also be attractive to those who already work in the wider heritage sector and wish to upskill for professional development.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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