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.
The Public History and Cultural Heritage MA programme provides a structured academic approach to the practice of history in a public setting through modern models of online learning. This programme has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules, thus broadening the student’s intellectual and scholarly experience. The programme offers a globally-recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice and provides opportunities to expand industry/academia partnerships. The online delivery of the programme enables prospective students whether already working in public cultural institutions, or employed in other sectors of the economy, the opportunity to acquire a globally recognised postgraduate qualification. It will appeal to new graduates and history teachers seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. As an online programme it provides prospective students complete flexibility.
The Public History and Cultural Heritage MA programme is offered as a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme. The aim is to provide a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings. This programme has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules, thus broadening the student’s intellectual and scholarly experience.
Who is this course for?
Anyone currently, or interested in, practising history in the public domain, especially in the cultural heritage sector.
The online delivery of the programme enables prospective students whether already working in public cultural institutions, or employed in other sectors, the opportunity to acquire a globally recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice.
It will also appeal to new graduates and history teachers seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. As a fully online programme, it provides prospective students flexibility in learning; some modules are also available on campus (blended).
The coursework for this MA course will be delivered entirely online.* As there are no formal examinations, students benefit from continuous online feedback and assessment. Students are given graded assignments at regular intervals incorporating the use of primary and secondary sources, and in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats. These range from short discussion posts to long-form essays, and content creation from social and other online media to podcasting. Students become peers in an accessible, enthusiastic and inclusive online learning community, contributing to discussion forums and debating the most up-to-date public history issues (e.g. controversies about commemorations, flags and statues, remembering and forgetting pasts, etc). The programme includes training on the methodological, practical and ethical aspects of historical research and interpretation, with input from public history practitioners and cultural sector partners.
|Autumn Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|4 Modules: All Compulsory
|4 Modules: Three Compulsory, One Elective
Elective options are subject to availability each year, e.g.:
|1 Compulsory Module
* Some modules may also be available on campus (blended delivery). Please note that a good basic level of digital literacy is required and elective modules are subject to change each year.
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A primary degree (with first or second class honours) (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.
What to Include with your Application
- Qualification transcripts and certificates
- English language qualification if English is not your first language
- Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
- A copy of your birth certificate or passport
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.
Deirdre Cuss, Graduate, MA Public History and Cultural Heritage
‘The MA in ‘public history and cultural heritage’ has offered me the chance to explore career paths throughout the museum, heritage and cultural institutions in Ireland and abroad. Whether exploring the academic or more practical side of things, the course developed each element fully so that the students would be equipped to enter the industry.’
While graduates of this MA are well placed to pursue a multiplicity of career pathways, the programme will prove to be of particular value to
- Graduates seeking to pursue a career in public history, in the heritage, education and tourism sectors
- Practitioners of public history seeking theoretical and methodological upskilling
- Those wishing to pursue doctoral research in this area