Historical Archives

The programme aims to educate students to the principles that underpin the professional management of archives and records, and to equip them with the theoretical and practical skills that will enable them to work with varied formats and media in a fast-changing, international context.

Entry requirements

Honours primary degree. Computer competence is also required.
Applicants may be called for interview. An archives or records
placement(s), for the full duration of the programme, and under
a suitable mentor, is an integral part of this programme and
required of all students. In some cases, the work experience is
undertaken where the student is already employed or volunteers.


MHP57 1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to manage the care of archive and record collections and to give leadership in these inter-connected fields. As with other graduates in History, they can expect to find employment across a wide range of administrative, commercial, public service and other employments. This programme has been accredited (provisionally for 2016-17) by the Archives and Records Association of the UK and Ireland as a professional qualification in archives and records management.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include records management, archival arrangement and description, preservation, archives management, leadership and project management, the tradition and organisation of print, historical perspectives on records and record keeping in Ireland, digital humanities. Postgraduate diploma students take all taught modules except the thesis.


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 one-to-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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