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History - Research

The award of the degree is based entirely on an MLitt thesis. However, to ensure that our graduates obtain as thorough preparation as possible for their future careers, the university has put in place a structured MLitt programme under which students in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy take taught modules over the duration of the programme as agreed with the department.

MLitt students work with a supervisor to complete a medium-sized research thesis for the duration of the programme (usually two years). They are also required to take a combination of compulsory and optional modules. They take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules, and are obliged to attend and make a presentation to the departmental Research Seminar, for which they receive credit.

The award of the PhD is based entirely on a major research thesis. However, to ensure that our graduates obtain as thorough preparation as possible for their future careers, the university has put in place a structured PhD programme. Students in the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy PhD programme are required to take 60 credits worth of taught modules over the duration of the programme, of which some are generic, and some are required by the relevant department.

PhD students work with a supervisor for the duration of the programme to complete a major research thesis. Students must also take a combination of generic/transferable modules and subject specific/advanced specialist modules, and must attend and make a presentation to the departmental Research Seminar, for which they receive credit.

Entry requirements

For entry to the combined MLitt/PhD programme see https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/history/postgraduate

Direct entry to the PhD is normally reserved for those with a Masters degree and is on the basis of prior approval of research topic. There are two basic requirements for direct entry admission:

•A convincing and worthwhile research proposal of sufficient scope, the sources for which have been identified, and which can make a substantial contribution to historical scholarship. Proposals are normally of at least 4,000 words in length; it is particularly important that the location of the project in relation to existing literature be set out and that the location, nature and accessibility of primary sources be identified. Potential applicants are invited to consult with members of the department with relevant expertise (please see our https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/history/our-people)

•Evidence of the capacity to complete the project to a high scholarly standard, in accordance with professional conventions, and in reasonable time. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

MHP02 PhD 4 years Full-time
MHP03 PhD 6 years Part-time
MHP04 MLitt 2 years Full-time
MHP05 MLitt 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

This structured research programme prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities, including lecturing, consultancy, government service, library, museum, arts work and publishing.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Prof Marian Lyons
Course Co-ordinator: Prof Raymond Gillespie
Tel; +353 (0)1 708 3729
Email: history.department@nuim.ie
Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/history

Comment

The Department of History at Maynooth is one of the leading contributors to historical scholarship in Ireland. With an international reputation as a centre of excellence for individual and group research, and high profile researchers directly engaged in teaching on our Masters programmes, postgraduate students enjoy total immersion in their chosen subject area. Whether undertaking a field trip to the battlefields of France, project work in London archives or building language skills to complement European history studies, a Masters in History at Maynooth is a unique scholarly experience with oneto- one support and expert guidance.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date

Research areas

Maynooth University is one of the principal centres of research into the history of Ireland. The department offers direction of research in every period of Irish history, including local history.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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