History MA From University of Limerick

Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee



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Autumn Semester    

Core Modules    


  • HI6131 Concepts and Methods (9 credits)
  • HI6211 Historical Research in Practice I (3 credits) (attendance at research seminars)

Electives - Choose 2    

  • 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) 

Spring Semester    

Core Modules    


  • 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).

Electives - Choose 1    

  • 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)

Summer Semester

Core Modules                     


  • HI6043 Dissertation (9 credits)

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.

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

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.


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