Public History & Cultural Heritage (Online)

The Public History and Cultural Heritage MA programme is offered as a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme. The aim is to provide a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings. This programme has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules, thus broadening the student's intellectual and scholarly experience.

Who is this course for?

Anyone currently, or interested in, practicing history in the public domain, especially in the cultural heritage sector.
The online delivery of the programme enables prospective students whether already working in public cultural institutions, or employed in other sectors, the opportunity to acquire a globally recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice.
It will also appeal to new graduates and history teachers seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. As a fully online programme it provides prospective students flexibility in learning; some modules are also available on campus (blended).

Entry requirements

A primary degree (with first or second class honours) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

What to Include with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

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.


1 Year Full-time or 2 Years Part-time

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam
Tel: 353 061 202199
Twitter: @PublicHistoryUL

Subjects taught

Programme Content

The coursework for this MA course will be delivered entirely online. Students from the four corners of the globe will be made feel part of an accessible, enthusiastic and inclusive online learning community. Students will be given graded assignments at regular intervals incorporating the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will benefit from continuous online feedback and assessment which will be detailed and traceable across the programme. The programme includes training on the methodological, practical and ethical aspects of historical research and investigation, with input from public history practitioners and cultural sector partners.

Autumn Semester:
4 Modules: All Compulsory
•HI6201 Introduction to Public History: Theory & Practice
•HI6111 MA History Research Methodology
•HI6191: Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History
•HU8012: Digital Humanities

Spring Semester
4 Modules: Three Compulsory, One Elective
•HI6792: Public History Internship (this module may be taken by current Public History practitioners as a 'reflective practice')
•HI6142: MA History Dissertation Writing
•HI6002 MA History Research Seminar *

Elective Options:
•HI4168 The Country House in Ireland: Class, Gender & Culture*
•HI6182 Writing Skills Methodology OR
•HI6062 People on the Move: Studying Migration *

Summer Semester
1 Compulsory Module
•HI6033: Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

* This module is also available on campus (blended)

Students who register for HI4168 The Country House inIreland (6 credits) must also register for HI6182 Writing Skills Methodology (3 credits) to ensrue that they receive 9 credits.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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