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History of Family MA

Course Details

Course Code: MAHIFATFAD

Duration: 1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dr Ciara Breathnach
Email:
ciara.breathnach@ul.ie
Tel:
353 061 213166
Web:
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Brief Description

The central purpose of this programme is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded. This programme will equip students with the necessary skills for careers in the heritage, archival or library sectors as well as careers in higher education and teaching in primary and post-primary schools.

This course is also available fully online.  For more information - https://www.ul.ie/gps/course/history-family-online-ma 

The central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded. It will consist of six modules. The modules will run consecutively; three during semester one and two during semester two. Students wishing to attend summer school may take one of the Spring semester modules (People on the move: studying migration) on campus. Students are also invited to UL campus for orientation week. Both on campus experiences are optional. Independent research will form the core of one module in the second semester and the dissertation (20, 000 words) will be completed and submitted at the end of August in year one with a Winter graduation. Students wishing to take the programme on a part-time basis over two years will complete the dissertation in year two of the programme.

The aim of the programme is

  • To provide those interested in the history of the family with an opportunity to obtain formal training in the methodologies and concepts of the history of the family.
  • To contribute to and support each student's personal quest for intellectual and moral autonomy.
Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Modules
  • HI6041 Introduction to the history of the family (9 credits)
  • HI6101 MA research methodology (3 credits)

Electives (choose two)

  • HI6061 Linking families to communities (9 credits)
  • HI6191 Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history (online) (9 credits)
  • HI6121 Art and Power in the Age of the Tudors and Stuarts (9 ECTS)
  • HI6162: University & Society, 1500-1789 (9 ECTS)
  • HI6212 The evolution of the Irish town, 1609-1960 (9 ECTS)

(Total of 30 ECTS)

Core Modules
  • HI6002 History research seminar (9 credits)
  • HI6082 Dissertation 1 (9 credits)
  • HI6122 Dissertation writing in history of family (3 credits)

 Electives (choose one)

  • HI6062 People on the move: studying migration (9 credits)
  • HI6192 Irish diaspora: a social and cultural history (9 credits)

(Total of 30 ECTS)

Core Module
  • HI6003 Dissertation 2 (no less than 15,000 words, no more than 21,000) (30 credits)

(Total of 30 ECTS)

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.  

Applicants should have a primary degree with at least second-class honours, in a relevant discipline such as history, archaeology, geography, or Irish Studies (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications who have substantial experience in the History of Family (such as appropriate publications) or relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission.
Essential: Students must be computer literate and have access to broadband internet.

What to Upload with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable) 
  • English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language) 
  • A copy of your birth certificate

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application)

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

This programme will equip students with the necessary skills for careers in the heritage, archival or library sectors as well as careers in higher education and teaching in primary and post-primary schools.

The History of Family online course turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. Dr Breathnach and other students are just an email away and I can work at my own – often frantic – pace but knowing that I am in control of my own learning.

Barbara Watts, Graduate, MA History of the Family (Online)