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MA in European History (UNICA)

UNICA Masters in European History (120 credits)

The MA in European History is an initiative that brings together partner universities in different cities across Europe. The programme encourages students to think comparatively about European history, to understand diverse perspectives on the continent’s past, and to develop their own research project within a European framework. This is a two year, four semester programme. Students start and complete their programme at UCD. In the intervening two semesters, students can choose to study at one or two other partner universities. The School of History has long-standing relationships with universities in Berlin, Paris, Rome, and Vienna. Students develop their own networks with graduates from other countries and there is an annual summer school meeting, which brings together students from the different universities. In their final semester at UCD, students write a dissertation on a comparative or transnational European topic.  

The experience of studying European history in a comparative approach in different cities equips students for a wide range of careers and also provides excellent training for students, who wish to go on to doctoral research.

‌For further inf‌ormation see below and feel free to contact the Programme coordinator Dr William Mulligan
Email: (opens in a new window)william.mulligan@ucd.ie

At UCD, there is a particular focus on the political and cultural history of Europe, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. At partner universities, students can choose from a vast array of topics, including gender, economic, intellectual, political, social, and environmental history. Students develop their dissertation topic in close consultation with a supervisor at UCD and they can consult with other experts at partner universities.

For more information on fees and how to apply please follow this link.

What You Will Need for Your Application

Applicants are required to provide the following in their applications:

  • An academic writing sample, eg. an essay (there is no word limit)
  • A most recent transcript
  • Contact details of two academic referees (professors who taught you)
  • Two written academic references outlining your academic history, interest and performance in class.
  • A letter of motivation/personal statement
  • An application fee
  • An English language test score (if English is not your first language). Please follow this link for more information.