The university now requires that all postgraduate applications be made on-line using the PAC system.
Please note the following:
- Maynooth University History graduates do not need references for postgraduate admission. However it will be necessary for applicants to provide the names etc of two members of the department. (Please do not ask the lecturers for references.)
- Applicants for M.Litt or PhD are required to consult with Prof Marian Lyons before applying. Applicants should email Prof Lyons, firstname.lastname@example.org, thereafter submit via PAC an application, comprising a substantial research proposal composed in accordance with guidelines set out on the departmental website (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/history/postgraduate) by 5pm on Monday 10 July 2023.
- Applicants for the MA European History, MA Irish History, or MA Military History and Strategic Studies are advised to make enquires before applying online.
- Closing date for all MAs is Wednesday 26 July 2023. Any subsequent applications will be considered only if there are vacancies following consideration of earlier applications.
Possession of the minimum entry requirements for a programme is no guarantee of acceptance. The number of students admitted to any programme may be limited at the discretion of the Head of Department or by University regulations.
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Students pursuing Masters and Doctoral programmes with our department are encouraged to apply for funding from the university or external funding agencies, and receive mentoring in their preparation of applications.
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The M.Litt in History is awarded on the basis of a major thesis, normally completed by the end of the two-year programme. Students are also required to successfully complete a number of taught modules.
The award of the PhD is based entirely on a major thesis and students are also required to complete a substantial number of taught modules. The duration of the programme is normally four years.
Applicants wishing to undertake a research degree are usually required to have a primary degree or equivalent in History or in a cognate discipline. The minimum admission requirement for the M.Litt is a 2:1 Honours in the BA or equivalent. For the PhD, it is either a First Class Honours BA or a 2:1 Honours in an MA or equivalent degree.
Entry to PhD programme
Entry to the doctoral programme is normally reserved for applicants with a Masters degree (M.Litt or Taught MA) and is on the basis of the department’s prior approval of a research proposal.
An applicant who has a primary degree that meets the minimum admission requirement may register as a PhD track student. At the end of Year 1 or 2, the student may apply for transfer to the PhD register.
How to apply for a Research degree in History
Students (Masters / Undergraduates) who are considering embarking on M.Litt or PhD study should first contact and meet with the Research Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator to discuss a thesis proposal, their eligibility and fit with our programme, and any other relevant matters, to include identifying potential supervisors and sources of funding. After that, they must contact and meet with a potential supervisor and seek their approval for supervision. Once a potential supervisor agrees, in principle, to support an application, the supervisor will approach the Head of Department for approval and notify the student of their eligibility. Thereafter, the student may make a formal application via PAC.
- M.Litt programme
Applicants are required to submit a substantial research proposal on a suitable topic, the sources for which have been identified. Proposals are normally 4,000 words approximately in length. It is particularly important that the location of the project in relation to existing literature be set out and that the location, nature and accessibility of primary sources be identified. Potential applicants are invited to consult with members of the department with relevant expertise. Deadline for receipt of applications via PAC is Monday, 8 July 2024.
- PhD programme
There are two key requirements for admission:
- A convincing and worthwhile research proposal of sufficient scope, the sources for which have been identified, and which can make a substantial contribution to historical scholarship. Proposals are normally of at least 4,000 words in length; it is particularly important that the location of the project in relation to existing literature be set out and that the location, nature and accessibility of primary sources be identified. Potential applicants are invited to consult with members of the department with relevant expertise. Instead of a discursive 4,000-word application, a proposal framed on the lines of the IRC application for the postgraduate scholarship (www.irc.ie) or an application for an MU John & Pat Hume doctoral award https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/graduate-research-academy/john-pat-hume-doctoral-awards may be accepted.
- Evidence of the applicant's capacity to complete the project to a high standard, in accordance with professional conventions, and in reasonable time.
- Deadline for receipt of applications via PAC is Monday, 8 July 2024.
For further information, contact the History Department Research Co-ordinator Professor Marian Lyons.
The Department of History is delighted to announce that we have EIGHT full fee scholarships available for 2023-24 across our suite of MA Programmes as follows:
Two full fee Stackallan Scholarships available in the MA in Irish History (with a thesis specialism in Irish country house studies)
Two full fee Stackallan Scholarships available in the MA in Local History (with a thesis specialism in Irish country house studies)
Two full fee Department of History Scholarships available in the MA in European History
Two full fee Department of History Scholarships available in the MA in Military History and Strategic Studies.
To be eligible to apply students must hold a high 2.1 or 1st Class Honours Degree in History or related discipline. All students who are offered and accept a place on our programmes will be contacted once the extended closing date of 31 July has passed to enquire if interested in scholarships. Full details and an interview process will take place in late August.
For further information on the MA programmes and contact details of directors please see https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/history/news/history-masters or contact email@example.com.
All applications are through www.pac.ie