Irish History

This programme enables students to examine and research the rich subject area of Irish history from the earliest times to the present day, and to assess the major events which led to the emergence of modern Ireland.

Compulsory modules provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the sources and resources at their disposal to undertake a piece of detailed research, and foster their ability to assess and understand the major debates and controversies that have engaged historians in writing Irish history.

In addition, students can choose from a range of specialist modules, exploring key issues and debates associated with their chosen fields (Irish social, political, military or economic history; historic houses and landed estates; local history, etc.).

Students also have an opportunity to complete a minor thesis in their chosen field.

Entry requirements

Students who have an honours degree with a 1:1, a 2.(i) or high 2.(ii) grade in History before the programme begins will be offered a place. Other applications will be considered depending on available spaces. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850


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

Careers or further progression

A taught masters degree in Irish History provides a good basis for pursuing a career in education, journalism, the civil service, academia, research and arts administration. Many people go on to pursue careers or further education in the arts and heritage sector in galleries, libraries, museums, archives and cultural institutions. This qualification can also be of use in diplomatic service, politics, law, public relations, public administration among other options.

Many graduates have used their experience of conducting independent research to engage in further postgraduate research and have enrolled in M.Litt and PhD programmes in Maynooth University and elsewhere.

Further enquiries

Programme Director Dr Jennifer Redmond
Tel +353-(0)1-7083375
Fax +353-(0)1-7083314

Subjects taught

The MA in Irish History offers students a chance to increase their knowledge of a range of periods in Irish history and develop critical research and writing skills at postgraduate level. Students will be offered a combination of compulsory modules and optional modules as part of their programme. This programme comprises two parts: taught modules and a minor research thesis (90 credits in total).

Compulsory taught modules (3 x 10 credits) focus on familiarising students with the resources and sources available for the study of Irish history and also with the major debates and controversies in areas such as Irish urban history, women's history, medieval Ireland, Irish emigration and Diaspora. Students choose two optional modules (2 x 10 credits) from a suite available in a particular year depending on the availability of lecturers (50 credits in total). A total of 40 credits are awarded for thesis preparation (semester 1, 10 credits) and thesis completion (year-long). Students will be assigned a research supervisor on an individual basis in the first semester and are tasked with completing the thesis alongside their coursework throughout the 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.

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

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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