The UCD School of History’s MA in Irish History is at the cutting-edge of modern scholarship. Whether planning a career in education, research, journalism, business, law, politics or the media, a UCD MA in Irish History offers a clear and defined pathway to success. Offering the opportunity for students to specialise in areas of political, cultural, social, economic, medical or environmental history, the MA provides taught modules in the most advanced and exciting areas of historical research – areas which are well  suited to a great range of career options in 21st century Ireland.

At the heart of the MA programme is the student’s dissertation (thesis) Working closely with a supervisor, each student will learn and develop the core critical and analytical skills required for completing a 15,000-word piece of original research and writing. 

From the very outset of their studies, the student is focused on and directed towards successful completion of their dissertation. That journey begins with the core taught module in semester 1, Researching and Interpreting Modern Irish History. This module provides students with the skills necessary to develop their own original historical research. Students will explore a range of source material, concepts and methodologies in the political, social and cultural history of modern Ireland, and will be encouraged to read texts and sources closely, to think critically, and to develop their own analytical and writing skills. This module will provide targeted support for students in their chosen dissertation area and offers intensive training in the skills required to develop their work from proposal to research to completed written thesis.

In addition, the taught component of the MA programme over two semesters offers a range of option modules that will best complement the student’s research focus and allow them to explore new topics. Innovative areas of Irish historical research are provided for in modules addressing  Health and Humanities, Popular Culture, Landscape and Environment, and Public History. Each module links the story of Ireland with the wider world. Students may also take an option module from one of the other MA programmes offered in the UCD School of History.

All MA students on all programmes also take a core module on ‘Disseminating History’ in Semester 2. This module provides students with training in communicating their research in diverse ways from academinc conferences to social media.

MA in Irish History, Modules:

  • ‘Researching and Interpreting Modern Irish History’
  • ‘Health & Humanities’
  • ‘Popular Culture in Modern Ireland’
  • ‘Landscape and Environment in Ireland, 1500-1800’
  • ‘Introduction to Public History’
  • ‘Disseminating History’