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MA History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This programme will deepen your understanding of the past and how it has been interpreted over time. It will teach skills of interpretation, data analysis and presentation. You will have the opportunity to work closely with an expert member of academic staff in the area of your interest.

Core modules addressing skills and methodologies relevant to History graduates

A wide range of specialised modules

Research dissertation completed under the guidance of a member of academic staff

This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop their analytical research and dissemination skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of the past, its societies and cultures. We value independent thinking, incisive criticism and reflective writing. We value a research-led and student-centred teaching environment. We emphasise intensive engagement with primary sources through physical and virtual archives. This engagement takes place in an atmosphere sustained by structured personal staff engagement as well as dynamic peer-learning. Individual supervisory meetings are a key element in the programme's design.

Our teaching and learning approaches are reflective of our values. We use a variety of complementary learning and assessment methods which culminate in a research dissertation. This is underpinned by active learning strategies, including class presentations, reflective learning journals and the presentation of autonomous research in a supportive peer environment. The MA in History helps people not only to develop their skills as historians but also to grow as independent thinkers, whose contributions to society are informed by their knowledge of the complexities of the past.

Programme Outcomes

Demonstrate clear knowledge period covered, its people & its issues

Understand specific cultural & social aspects of past communities.

Able to carry out independent original research in archives & libraries

Ability to discern specific trends in large bodies of of data.

Show sensitivity to cultural, political & social differences

Value independent analysis, rigour & critical investigation.

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for graduates with degrees in History or a cognate discipline. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent is required.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.


Duration:1 Years / 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time / Part Time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The quality and versatility of this MA has allowed its graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including journalism, publishing, teaching, government, law, archives, public relations, librarianships. For students who wish to pursue an academic career, this MA is ideal preparation for the PhD.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core


Disseminating History

Approaches to History

Stage 1 - Option

Introductory Latin

Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts

The Making of United States Foreign Policy From FDR to GWB

Origins of Modern Diplomacy

Reading and Writing Twentieth

Approaches to the Middle Ages

Approaches to the MiddleAges II

CHOMI Research Forum

First World War

Political violence 20c Europe

Welfare, Health & Gender in Modern Europe, c. 1850s to 1950s

Politics, Capitalism, and Society in Modern America

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is of interest to anyone who has a passion for History and wishes to deepen their understanding of the past and its lessons. Students may come to the programme with an undergraduate qualification in History or a cognate subject.

The following entry routes are available:

MA History FT (Z097)

Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling * Apply Now

MA History PT (Z151)

Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time

Deadline Rolling * Apply Now

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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