City scape

European History

MA European History
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)
The MA European History (UNICA) (MEH) is a stimulating interdisciplinary, comparative Master's programme which offers the choice between partner universities in 7 European capitals.

This diverse programme focuses on the comparative analysis of European history

Students will develop the ability to understand historical problems in a comparative framework

The programme will be carried out in English, meaning English will be accepted at all partner universities for presentations and assignments

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Vision and Values Statement
This MA programme offers an innovative and structured introduction to graduate study of European history. The programme has been designed for graduate students with a particular interest in European history, who intend to continue to more advanced graduate research.

Over the course of the two year programme, students have the opportunity to study at three leading European universities, developing an understanding of different historiographical and methodological approaches, appreciating the value of comparative approaches to European history, and developing linguistic and other skills necessary for more advanced graduate study. The mobility of the programme enables students to develop their own transnational networks with researchers and fellow students throughout Europe.

What constitutes European history has been endlessly debated and it is not the purpose of this programme to establish particular claims for the chronological and geographical boundaries of European history. The programme instead encourages students to think about European history within a comparative framework, be that comparing regions, nations, or other categories of analysis.

The structure of the programme encourages students to identify the partners within the consortium best suited to developing the student's specific research interests and other skills.

Programme Outcomes
To understand key problems in European history within a comparative framework;

To analyse key historical problems using primary sources in different languages;

To assess different methodological approaches in the study of European history;

To undertake original research, underpinned by critical thinking.

Entry requirements

Applicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant subject area of humanities or social sciences (history, international relations, politics, European studies, economics and sociology, or modern languages). Prerequisites for applying for this Master's Programme are proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) and a good knowledge of a second modern foreign language (level B2 of the CEFR). A command of German (level A2) is also required for applicants at Humboldt-Universität.

Application and admission processes are regulated and administered by all participating universities, according to the local practice. Study places are awarded by each partner university. Applicants have to send their application directly to one of the partner universities. For the period of mobility: All students must apply and register for the programme through their home university. In addition, formal registration and course enrolment is required at those participating university/ies where students attend for at least one semester


2 Years Full Time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
This programme provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a PhD in European history and equips students with a wide range of skills in the international jobs market.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: William Mulligan
Contact Number: +353 (0)1 716 8371

Subjects taught

The MEH is a two year Master's programme divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). The programme starts in the winter term and it has a modular structure. It is made up of 120 Credits Points (CP) - 30 CP each term. All students are obligated to study at least at two of the participating universities in different countries. Studies from the partner universities will of course be recognised. A minimum of 30 ECTS credits must be obtained abroad. The Master's thesis is to be written in English and will be supervised by academic staff of two of the different partner universities.

Stage 1 - Option
Origins of Modern Diplomacy

Reason and Faith: Religion in the early modern world

Approaches to the Middle Ages

Approaches to the Middle Ages II

First World War

UNICA: Hist Methods

UNICA Dissertation

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

Global Revolutions

Reading Modern American Hist

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA European History (UNICA) FT (Z222)
2 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA European History (Z222) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!