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Welcome to the UCD School of History

People of many different backgrounds and from many different countries come to study History at UCD. We are custodians of manuscripts and papers dating from the eleventh to the twentieth centuries. We teach courses and supervise research theses on topics spanning two millennia and most parts of the globe. Help us to continue to give the past a good future by spending time with us as a student, researcher or collaborator.

Please explore our website to learn more about teaching and research in the school.  For information on our extensive archival holdings, please visit the collection website.

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Dr Elva Johnston awarded top Irish Historical Research Prize

The NUI Irish Historical Research Prize, offered in alternate years for the best new work of original Irish historical research by an NUI graduate, was this year awarded to Dr Elva Johnston for her monograph Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland (Boydell and Brewer, 2013).  Irish Historical Studies described Literacy and Identity as a ‘landmark publication’. 


Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland


A number of former UCD History students also recevied awards.  See the UCD news site for more information.


UCD History academics shortlisted in non-fiction category of top Irish literary awards

Professor Diarmaid Ferriter's A Nation and Not a Rabble – The Irish Revolution  1913 – 1923, and Emeritus Professor Ronan Fanning's Éamon De Valera – A Will to Power have been shortlisted in the non-fiction category for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015




IRC Council Chair Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, together with IRC award holders and alumni at the start of the IRC New Foundations funded international conference ‘Globalising the History of Revolutions’ held at UCD on 23 & 24 October 2015.   Front row: Dr. Conor Mulvagh (UCD), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (IRC Council Chair), Dr Mark Jones (UCD/FU Berlin). Back row: Dr Fergus Robson (TCD); Dr Mercedes Peñalba-Sotorrio (UCD); Dr Susan Grant (Liverpool John Moores); Dr. Dmitar Tasic (UCD); Dr Matteo Millan (UCD). (with thanks to



History Hub Logo The History Hub

The History Hub is a website where we make the most recent academic research available online to everyone who loves history.  It includes podcasts on a whole range of subjects from medieval to modern history, both Irish and international.







Current Notices

History Syllabus 2015 / 2016