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History of Welfare & Medicine in Society

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This innovative MA programme enables you to critically engage with debates in welfare and medical history in the modern period, within Ireland and internationally. Themes include eugenics; migration; institutionalisation and patients' experiences, analysed through social, gender, class and post-colonial history.

-The MA has a reputation for excellence taught by lecturers with international profiles.

-Modules are taught through seminars. You will develop expertise in presenting, analytical thinking, effective communication, and writing with clarity and precision.

-The dissertation, at the core of the MA, allows you to engage your own research-based interests.

Who should apply?
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

Your fellow students will be from diverse academic backgrounds including, but not confined to, those with a humanities degree. Students come from Irish, European and North American universities. The MA is popular among health-care professionals keen to understand historical contexts that shaped current practices and systems.

Course Description
Medicine, illness and welfare occupies a central place in all our lives. The MA is designed to enable students who want to understand the place of medicine and welfare in society and history (c1750-1980) and to engage with some critical debates. Students will have the opportunity to explore themes through various media including film, literature, and art, amongst others.

-How did culture and society respond to disease, health campaigns, new medical theories and innovations? Is there a relationship between medicine, welfare, ethnicity and identity?

-How is medical and lay knowledge of sickness and therapeutics formed?

-Can an understanding of these questions help in the development of current public health policy?

-The MA provides a comprehensive understanding of historical methodologies and their potential application to current debates about disease and welfare.

-The practical skills – project-management, writing with clarity and precision, and communication skills – garnered are essential for a range of careers including teaching, all forms of media, politics and academia.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in an appropriate field such as a Bachelor of Arts, or in a cognate discipline such as medicine and nursing. You must supply details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained.

Excellent academic grades 2H1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA 3.2 NFQ Level 8. Transcripts will be required

You will be asked to complete a supporting statement outlining your reasons and motivation for wishing to undertake the course

Two academic references from referees who are in a position to assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

Candidates whose first language is not English are normally expected to have achieved an overall 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent with no individual band lower than 6.5


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

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
You will be equipped to excel in numerous careers that place value critical thinking, precision in writing and communication, and time- and project-management.

Graduates secure employment media, teaching, politics and in private and public sector management and policy.

Some graduates proceed to PhD studies at Irish, British, and European institutions, securing prestigious external funding.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Cox
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 8371

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

CHOMI Research Forum

Disseminating History

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

Approaches to History

The MA is associated with the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, School of History, UCD. The Centre is home to a graduate and postdoctoral community; it runs a lively seminar series and hosts a series of workshops and conferences. All students are welcome at these events.

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society FT (Z240)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society PT (Z241)
2 Years

Part Time

Rolling *

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

Course fee

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society (Z240) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7055
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

MA History of Welfare & Medicine in Society (Z241) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4235
nonEU fee per year - € 9600

***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.

Students can apply for a prestigious, internationally recognised Wellcome Trust Masters Scholarship. Please contact the MA Director Dr Catherine Cox for further information.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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