Military History & Strategic Studies

The programme provides students with the knowledge required to develop a sophisticated understanding of the history and conduct of war, of contemporary strategy and of current Irish and European security policies. It will appeal to those interested in history, international relations, security studies and war studies.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a 2nd Class Honours Degree in Arts, History
or related degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Interview may be required. For international students whose
first language is not English, an English language exam
certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHP58: 1 year Full-time
MHP59: 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Students have gone on to a variety of careers including teaching, journalism and work in the service industry. A number of students have chosen to pursue careers in the Defence Forces in Ireland and overseas.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr Ian Speller
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3729
Fax; +353 (0)1 708 3314

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include the IIrish revolution 1913-1923; the development of modern warfare 1789-1918; strategic studies; research skills & thesis preparation. Field trips to battlefield sites may also be included as optional over the course of the academic year.


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.

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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