History - Research

Maynooth University is a leading centre of research into the history of Ireland and of Europe. The department offers direction of PhD & MLitt research in every period of Irish history, including local history, and in Early Modern and Modern European History, tailoring transferable and specialist skills modules to support the student's research project.

Entry requirements

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.

A 4,000 word research proposal is required in application for a research degree. Applicants are advised to contact the Department to discuss before making their application. For international students for whom English is not their first language, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


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

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director: Prof Marian Lyons
Course Co-ordinator: Prof Raymond Gillespie
Tel; +353 (0)1 708 3729


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.

Research areas

Research Interests
The Department's main research strengths are in the fields of Irish, European, British, North American and world history, and in the specific areas of built heritage (historic houses and landed estates); material and visual culture; health and welfare; religions; settlement (urban and rural); war and strategic studies.

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.

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