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History of Family

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well- developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded. Over the course of the year students will master the art of academic writing and develop advanced research skills through in-class training and via field trips to libraries and archives conducted in both semesters. By the end of the course successful students will have acquired the necessary skills to present historical research to a publication standard, and to conduct historical research at a doctoral level.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a primary degree with a second-class honours, in a relevant discipline such as history, archaeology, geography, or Irish Studies (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications who have substantial experience in the History of Family (such as appropriate publications), or relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved

•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above

•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)

•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.

•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1

•GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 Year, Full Time or 2 Years, Part Time

Further enquiries

Contact Course Director
Dr Ciara Breathnach
Tel: +353 (0) 61 233166
Email: ciara.breathnach@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester

Core Modules:
• Introduction to the History of Family
• MA research methodology

Choose two of the following elective modules:
• Linking families to communities
• Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history (online)
• Sex, family and gender in wighteenth-century Ireland and Britain'
• Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts
• University & Society, 1500-1789

Spring Semester
Core Modules:
• History research seminar
• Dissertation 1
• Dissertation writing in history of family

Choose one of the following elective modules:
• People on the move: studying migration
• Public history internship
• The 'Long War' in Ireland, 1968-98

Summer Semester
Core Modules:
• Dissertation 2

Application date

What to Upload with your Application

•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)

•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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