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What MA Programmes are on Offer in the School? 

We offer a broad and innovative range of one year taught Masters programmes. MA courses are available on both a full-time and part-time basis, in the following areas:

MA in Archives and Records Management

MA in History with specialisms in

MA in the History of the Media  (Making an Historical Documentary / Politics and Communications)

MA in Medieval History  

MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine 

The School currently co-ordinates two inter-disciplinary MA programmes:

Why do a Masters Programme?

The History MA programmes build on the skills of thinking, evaluation and writing that we stress at undergraduate level. In addition:

  • We deepen the skills needed to analyse data and documentation
  • We develop individual skills of writing, oral participation and presentation
  • The core modules of our History MAs are small-group seminars led by members of the academic staff.
  • Each graduate is mentored by a supervisor who offers professional advice and guidance

Do you have any more information?  

Information packs can be obtained from the School of History and Archives Office in the Newman Building (1st floor, K wing).

What are the Entry Requirements? 

For the MA programme, students should have at least a 2.1 (GPA of 3.2) in their first degree.  Students whose first language is not English will be required to submit evidence of their language competency.

Can I do a Masters Degree Part-time or in the Evening? 

All of our MA programmes are available on a part-time basis (over two years), with classes taking place during the day. The following applies:

A part-time student must take at least one core module as well as the research skills module in the first semester. The student must take at least one module in the second semester. The balance of credits can be acquired over the course of the two years.

When is the deadline for applications?  

There is no formal deadline for applications, but it is recommended that you apply as soon as you can as decisions on places on different specialisms will be made in June each year. Provisional offers are made on the basis of expected degree results.

How much effort should I put into my application?  

Currently, demand exceeds the number of available spaces. It is, therefore, important that you submit a careful application - paying particular attention to your proposed area of research. These forms help us allocate you to a suitable supervisor for your dissertation. In the interests of fairness to all applicants, we will not consider incomplete online applications.

Are there quotas in place for MA courses?  

The School is passionate about small-group, research-driven teaching. As such, it is sometimes be necessary to cap modules. This is particularly true of the MA in History programme where students can choose from a range of specalisms. While every possible effort is made to match students to their direct area of interest, admittance onto the programme does not guarantee a place on specialist strands.

How much will an MA cost?  

More information will be available by following this link.  Due to the nature of the MA in the History of the Media, the fee levels are slightly higher than the standard MA. For Irish citizens only - some local authorities have in the past helped out with graduate fees – students should contact the Fees Office for more information or their local authority.

How do I apply? 

Applicants must fill out the ‘online application form’ and submit it electronically to the university.


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New MA strands in History

MA in the History of Totalitarianism

MA in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Politics, Culture and Society 

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