Graduate studies in the School of History

Welcome to the UCD School of History rated in the top 100 for History around the world (QS World Rankings, 2019). Based in the heart of UCD’s main campus and home to a large and diverse group of world-class historians, we teach and research a broad range of histories that span the globe, from the early medieval period to the present day.

In the School of History, we offer an extensie range both taught and research graduate programmes in history and in archives management, at Certificate, Diploma, MA, and PhD levels. All our courses are offered on both a part time and full time basis.

Autumn 2020 Teaching Statement for Postgraduate students

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Taught Masters

Our MA History courses offer both a challenging and a rewarding introduction to the advanced study of History.  While our Diploma and Masters programmes involve taught modules, the highlight for our students is almost always the dissertation.

This offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a significant, independent and original body of research under the watchful supervision of a member of the School's academic staff.  UCD School of History is a research-intensive department, and has a breadth of expertise to offer. The active research culture nurtures and encourages the next generation of scholars to push back the frontiers of understanding, to seek out new evidence, and to challenge accepted interpretations.

Research Degrees

We have one of the largest groups of doctoral researchers in the country, and a structured PhD programme which supports high-level independent research. More information

Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma in History is targeted at students who wish to progress to further study, or who wish to develop key transferable skills vital to many and diverse careers.