MA in History
MA in History
An understanding of the past is essential to understanding the world today and how our future is being shaped.
The School of History and Geography at DCU has significant expertise in all aspects of Irish History and Geography. Research-led, dynamic and innovative teaching ensures that as an MA in History student, you’ll develop an understanding of different approaches to History, as well as the range of skills and methods used in its pursuit.
“The MA was a great experience. I grew a great deal during this one-year course, both personally and academically. A Master’s in History allowed me to further explore a subject which I have always loved. It also pushed me to limits I wasn't sure I could reach. I thoroughly enjoyed the modules, essays, exploring the archives for research and even writing the thesis. It was a valuable experience that I would highly recommend.”
This taught MA is designed not only to help you obtain a deeper understanding of Irish History in a comparative context, but also to acquire advanced research skills that are transferable to a variety of career paths. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the past from social, cultural, economic and political perspectives. The MA in History at DCU is unique in terms of its cohesiveness and is the only programme to offer a historical geography component.
Programme Structure and Content
Modules are taught through a combination of seminars, workshops, small group discussions and field trips. There is a strong emphasis on active and independent learning. All modules are 10 credits and are examined by continuous assessment in the form of reviews, essays, research papers, learning journals and class presentations.
Interpretation and Argument in History Writing
This module introduces students to the tradition of history writing (historiography) as it has evolved and developed in Europe and the world since classical times, and in Ireland from the early seventeenth century to the present. Click here for more information.
This module introduces a range of research methods and focuses on active engagement with the processes of gathering, evaluating and analysing historical evidence. Students are guided through the process of using archives and various online resources. A novel feature of this module not offered elsewhere is an introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS). A fundamental objective is to equip students to devise, and execute independent research projects. The module imparts important transferrable, research and writing skills. Click here for more information.
Ireland in the Twentieth Century: Crisis, Continuity and Change
Crisis, continuity and change are recurring themes in the history of twentieth-century Ireland. This module examines the central political, economic, social and cultural features of that historical experience using primary sources in a seminar-setting. Click here for more information.
Ireland’s Landscapes: from Plantation to Celtic Tiger
This module examines how changing relationships between economy, politics and society have moulded the Irish urban and rural landscape over the past four centuries. Taking a Historical Geography perspective, students will be exposed to key concepts and methods including fieldwork by which they can trace the evolution of the landscape. Click here for more information.
The Irish Revolution in a Revolutionary World
This module interrogates the Irish revolution (1912-1923) by placing it in the context of, and comparing it with, other European revolutions that occurred during that era of imperial decline. By examining Irish and other European sources, students will not only deepen their knowledge of the Irish revolution but will consider what can be learned about the Irish experience through the study of other revolutionary or state formation moments, and debate what, if anything, made the Irish experience different? Click here for more information.
Gender and Society in Ireland since 1867
This module examines shifting gender roles in Ireland through the lens of individual women’s lives. Using a variety of primary sources, the module will chart the trajectory of continuity and change in the construction of gender roles. Click here for more information.
This year-long module allows students to produce their own piece of independent historical research, guided by a supervisor who will be an expert in the field. Click here for more information.
Programme Aims and Objectives
- Acquire specialist knowledge and understanding of the complexities of modern Irish history and historical geography
- Enhance your critical, analytical and interpretative skills
- Develop the ability to plan, research and write a substantial original research project
- Cultivate transferrable skills of independent thinking, analysis, communication, organisation and time management
DCU is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world in the area of Arts and Humanities by Times Higher Education, one of the leading third level ranking bodies. The School of History and Geography at DCU is unique in Ireland in its interdisciplinary range. It is recognised nationally and internationally for its high impact research on Ireland’s History, Geography and Landscape. The MA in History is led by expert faculty members whose work has been published widely in books and leading journals and disseminated in the media and other fora.
The location of DCU in Dublin makes it an ideal choice given the range of library and research institutions in the capital, including the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland.
Programme Chairperson: Dr Daithí Ó Corráin
Tel: +353 (0)1 884 2117
As a student of the MA in History, you will develop many aptitudes attractive to employers. These include independence of thought; the capacity to marshal, evaluate and communicate complex ideas and information; robust research and analytical skills; reflective writing, presentation and project management skills.
The MA in History is highly versatile and our graduates progress to a variety of careers in sectors such as education, university and arts administration, business, consultancy, the civil service, the heritage sector, journalism, media and publishing. Some advance to doctoral research.
General Entry Requirements
Applicants will normally have a primary honours degree (Level 8) or equivalent (H2.2) in History or a cognate subject but appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree in accordance with the relevant regulations of the University.
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.
Applicants who require a study visa for the purpose of gaining entry are advised to apply as early as possible. If you require a study visa and are a Non EU student, you are not eligible to apply for part-time programmes as study visas are only granted for full-time programmes.
Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre http://www.pac.ie/dcu using the following PAC codes:
How to Apply and Closing Dates
Make an Application
All Applicants must submit
- Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations if applicable
- Personal statement of 250 words maximum, outlining your suitability and motivation for applying to this programme
Non Native English Speakers
- Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements - see link
Apply online thorugh the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) http://www.pac.ie/dcu by 31st July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.
Non EU Applications
Apply online thorugh the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) http://www.pac.ie/dcu 10th July 2018 for the September 2018 intake.
Non EU applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of entering Ireland are ineligible for part time study programmes.
All applications are made via the Postgraduate Applications Centre at http://www.pac.ie/dcu