Irish History

Students examine and research the rich subject area of Irish history from the earliest times to the present day, assessing the major events which led to the emergence of modern Ireland.

Entry requirements

Normally an honours degree with at least a high 2.2 grade in
History. 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.


MHP68 1 year Full-time
MHP69 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The programme provides a good basis for pursuing a career in education, journalism, civil service, research, arts administration, archives, library and information service, the diplomatic service, politics, law, public relations, public administration among other options.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Directors: Professor Marian Lyons
Tel: +353-(0)1-7083729
Fax; +353-(0)1-7083314

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules include Irish urban history, interpreting local evidence, debates and controversy in Irish history, religious life in Ireland, the Irish revolution 1913-1923.


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.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!