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Your course
This Master's programme enables you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the challenges of interpreting the past. Specialists in modern, early modern and medieval history introduce you to a range of historical sources, reflecting on their uses and limitations. You will learn to evaluate ways in which historians, politicians and the media interpret the past. You will develop research and analytical skills, using the techniques of the historical profession to present your findings.

The course comprises core and optional modules (see list on course website). All modules are assessed by coursework. Modes of assessment include projects, essays, reviews, reports and oral presentations. A final dissertation involving original research is an essential component of the programme.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. This programme enables students to develop critical and analytical skills.

2. Graduates are trained in methods of evaluating evidence and encouraged to reflect on different modes of presenting information in print and electronic formats.

3. History at NUI Galway is consistency placed highly in international QS subject rankings.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
A Second Class Honours BA degree or equivalent with a H2.1 or GPA of 3.3 in History is required.


1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
The MA provides an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in History. Graduates are also well suited to employment in areas such as teaching, research, print and electronic media, tourism, cultural and heritage development, library and archives services, and public administration.

Further enquiries

Dr John Cunningham
T: +353 91 495 642

Application date

1MAH1, full-time; 1MAH2, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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