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GradDip History
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
The Graduate Diploma in History is targeted at students who wish to progress to further study, or who wish to develop key transferable skills vital to many and diverse careers. It is designed for students coming to history from a non-cognate subject, those who did not live up to their potential in their BA, as well as those returning to education after a long period of absence. We value and promote a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and the importance of independent learning. These values are instilled within a robust but supportive environment, with a particular focus on encouraging an awareness of broad historiographical trends and the development of the skills required to assess and analyse different forms of primary evidence. The learning environment stresses the importance of resesarch, critical and analytical thinking, and of making informed challenges to prevailing ideas, interpretations and approaches. Small group seminars are vital to the programme's design; it is here, in a very structured and active learning environment where students hone their ability to present, defend and question historical knowledge. The learning trajectory is supported through the use of weekly research journals, presentations, essays and book reviews. The taught elements of the programme are intended to build and develop the skill set and confidence of learners to equip them to undertake the research project. A feature of the Graduate Diploma Programme is that students who perform strongly in the first semester can apply to be transferred to the MA. The MA is completed within the same academic year.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Graduate Diploma programme is aimed primarily at students who have an undergraduate qualification in a non-cognate discipline or students who are returning to education after a long period of absence.

Course Description
There are two core modules. Renaissance Europe develops your awareness of historiography, while Making History deals with the processes involved in handling and analysing primary sources. Students take one undergraduate module in semester 1 (subject to availability). In addition to the taught courses, you will work on a Graduate Research Project over the course of semesters 1 and 2 (normally a dissertation of 8,000 words).

Vision and Values Statement
The programme is targeted at students who wish to progress to further study, or who wish to develop key transferable skills vital to many and diverse careers. It is designed for students coming to history from a non-cognate subject, those who did not live up to their potential in their BA, and those returning to education after a long period of absence. We value and promote a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and the importance of independent learning. These values are instilled within a robust but supportive environment, with a particular focus on encouraging an awareness of broad historiographical trends and the development of the skills required to assess and analyse different forms of primary evidence. The learning environment stresses the importance of research, critical and analytical thinking, and of making informed challenges to prevailing ideas, interpretations and approaches. Small group seminars are vital to the programme's design; it is here, in a very structured and active learning environment where students hone their ability to present, defend, and question historical knowledge. The learning trajectory is supported through the use of weekly research journals, presentations, essays and book reviews. The taught elements of the programme are intended to build and develop the skill set and confidence of learners to equip them to undertake the research project. A feature of the Graduate Diploma Programme is that students who perform strongly in the first semester can apply to be transferred to the MA. The MA is completed within the same academic year.

Programme Outcomes
Ability to survey in a critical and analytical fashion the historiography of given subjects

The ability to survey a body of scholarship written over time, to offer an informed critical and analytical commentary, and to identify fertile areas for further research.

Awareness of a number of major historiographical trends since the nineteenth century.

The confidence to work with and handle a range of primary sources, especially those relevant to the chosen research subject of the learner.

Development of a strong work ethic and awareness of the effort required to succeed at graduate level.

Drive to work independently but to thrive on and respond to the feedback of peers and the teaching staff within a structured environment.

The ability to take an embryonic idea for a research project and develop it into a successful 8,000-word piece of scholarship. A range of skills will be required, including: planning, historiographical awareness, analytical ability to handle primary sources, & ability to communicate findings.

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:2). Applicants whose first language is not English should demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

Z160: 1 year full-time, Z161: 2 years part-time.

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
Some graduates of the Graduate Diploma go on to develop their academic careers, applying for places on MA programmes or teacher training programmes. However, many more see the Graduate Diploma as a valuable addition to their undergraduate qualification – a fourth year in which to deepen critical analytical abilities which are valued so highly by employers.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Sandy Wilkinson
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8371

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Research Project
HIS41660

Renaissance Europe
HIS41910

Making History: Documents
HIS41920

Stage 1 - Option
Dynastic Politics, Culture & Diplomacy in Post-Westphalian Germany
HIS31250

The Irish Revolution, 1910-1923
HIS31320

Ireland and Glorious Revolution
HIS31430

Orwell's Twentieth Century
HIS31490

Memory and Commemoration: policy, politics, and popular perception
HIS31710

American Civil War
HIS31730

Ireland and Empire AD400-700
HIS31780

The First World War: cultures and consequences
HIS31840

Contested Histories in Australia
HIS31850

Slavery and the New World
HIS31860

Murder in the South Seas
HIS31910

Biography and History
HIS32230

Weaponizing the Word: Media and Conflict in Pre-Industrial Europe
HIS32300

France Since the Revolution
HIS32320

St Patrick and His Times
HIS32340

Florence 1200 - 1400
HIS32430

Reading and Writing Twentieth
HIS41830

Approaches to the Middle Ages
HIS41840

First World War
HIS41930

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
Grad Dip History FT (Z160)
Duration
1 Years

Attendance
Full Time

Deadline
Rolling *

Grad Dip History PT (Z161)
Duration
2 Years

Attendance
Part Time

Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

GradDip History (Z160) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 5890
nonEU fee per year - € 12800

GradDip History (Z161) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3520
nonEU fee per year - € 6400

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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