Program Overview

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.

Students who sign up for this course seek to obtain formal training in the methodologies and concepts of history of family.  They enjoy the course because it allows them to develop key academic skills while being supported in their quest for intellectual and moral autonomy. A key attraction of the course is the wide range of themes that are covered in each of the modules, and the feeling of community that undertaking research as part of a class engenders.

Over the course of the year students will master the art of academic writing and develop advanced research skills through in-class training and via field trips to libraries and archives conducted in both semesters.  By the end of the course successful students will have acquired the necessary skills to present historical research to a publication standard, and to conduct historical research at a doctoral level.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn 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)

Spring Semester    

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)

Summer Semester

Core Module


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

(Total of 30 ECTS)

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.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenship.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

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.


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