Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann
Address: Department of History, University of Limerick

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Brief Description

This programme provides a structured induction to advanced historical research. It is built upon the common assumption that the understanding of history is important in itself; that history is essential for interpreting not only the past, but all aspects of the present; that an understanding of history provides a solid intellectual foundation applicable to disciplines other than its own; and that the study of history is of incalculable benefit for the acquisition of vital skills, including those of research techniques, analysis, rigorous thought, empathy, and independence of mind. The programme provides a valued route to doctoral research, and to careers in education, research, archival and heritage services, to name but a few. Students who participate in the programme will develop their research skills but also deepen their knowledge of substantive and theoretical areas of historical study, guided by faculty with expertise in early modern and modern Irish, European, and international history. In addition, an elective Public History Internship will afford students an opportunity to gain placement experience in partner museums, libraries, and archives.

This is a one year, full-time course at MA level. The programme is delivered in a blended format with on-campus and online teaching. On completion of the programme the student will have acquired the ability to identify and evaluate significant issues in contemporary historiographical discourse, a specialist knowledge of a select number of substantive historical themes studied through three elective modules, the ability to identify, locate and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to the understanding of a selected research topic, and a capacity to present the results of substantial independent research in a selected topic. In addition an elective Public History Internship will afford students an opportunity to gain experience in partner museums, libraries, and archives.

Autumn Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Core Modules Core Modules Core Modules                     
  • HI6131 Concepts and Methods (9 credits)
  • HI6211 Historical Research in Practice I (3 credits) (attendance at research seminars)
  • HI6002 History Research Seminar (9 credits)
  • HI6312 Historical Research in Practice II (3 credits) (attendance at research seminars)
  • HI6222 Directed Reading in History (9 credits) (an aid to research under the direction of dissertation supervisor).
  • HI6043 Dissertation (30 credits)
Electives - Choose 2 Electives - Choose 1  
  • HII6121 Art and power in the age of the Tudors and Stuarts (9 credits)
  • HI6191 Graduate Seminar in Irish Cultural History (9 credits)
  • HI6061 Linking Families to Communities (9 credits)
  • HI6221: University and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (9 credits)
  • HI6212: The Evolution of the Irish Town, 1609-1960 (9 credits)

Optional Module:

  • MU6071 Beginners’ ecclesiastical Latin (3 credits) 
  • HI6302 The Long War in Ireland, 1968-98 (9 credits)
  • HI6792 Public History Internship (9 credits)
  • HI6062 People on the move: studying migration (9 credits)




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

The availability of elective and optional modules is subject to change from year to year. The course director will advise on availability to students for each year as early as possible.

A primary degree in which history is a constituent subject, awarded with first or second-class honours (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).  Applicants who do not meet those criteria but who have equivalent academic qualifications may be considered. 
Entry procedure: Such applicants may be invited for interview and will be asked to bring examples of their written historical work with them and copies of relevant academic transcripts.

What to Include with your Application

  • Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable) 
  • A copy of your birth certificate or passport
  •  Personal statement
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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EU - €7,27

Non- EU - €18,000

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email


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Career Prospects

The programme will provide an attractive opportunity for Limerick and other graduates considering a career - whether in higher education, teaching in secondary or primary level, the heritage, archival or library sectors - that requires or benefits from postgraduate research experience in history.



Ellen Murphy, Archives Manager, Registry of Deeds "Having completed my undergraduate studies, I wanted to explore the possibility of a life in academia, but wasn’t ready to commit to a 3 year phd program. I was attracted to the Masters program as there was a variety of elective modules which would allow me to explore different research themes, and the dissertation module itself which would let me dip my feet into world of independent research.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entire year – particular the research seminar class in which debate and discussion was very much encouraged. I found all of the teaching staff to be very approachable and supportive. Our classes were all quite small which allowed for lots of individual attention and feedback.

The module which had the biggest impact on my future career direction was the concepts and methods course. Studying historical methodologies, and the use and accessibility of archival sources, led me to consider the work and role of the archivist. With the help of the History Department, I was able to secure archival work experience in the UL Special Collections Library. This proved to be an essential stepping stone in my career and further study as a professional archivist."


Dr Stephen Griffin, Department of History, UL. "The MA in History at UL provided me with excellent analytical skills whilst further improving my abilities at written and oral communications both in Ireland and abroad. The History Department motivates and supports its students in identifying and following their own specific interests and this allows for a stimulating environment. Encouraged to keep interests in various historical subjects you ultimately identify an historical problem which forms the crux of your MA dissertation. Conducting field research and critically evaluating your sources all whilst enjoying the support from the Department of History makes for an enjoyable experience that is both challenging and rewarding".



Kellie Maher, “I think the most impressive thing that I tell everyone about, is just how supportive the lecturers are. I really feel like I have a personal relationship with them and you can tell that they genuinely want us to do well.”