Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHP69

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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This programme enables students to examine and research the rich subject area of Irish history from the earliest times to the present day, and to assess the major events which led to the emergence of modern Ireland. Compulsory modules provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the sources and resources at their disposal to undertake a piece of detailed research, and foster their ability to assess and understand the major debates and controversies that have engaged historians in writing Irish history. In a range of specialist modules, students explore key issues and debates associated with the individual fields (social, political, military, historic houses and landed estates, local history, etc.).


Students who have an honours degree with a 1:1, a 2.(i) or high 2.(ii) grade in History before the programme begins will be offered a place. Other applications will be considered depending on available spaces. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure (Content)

This programme comprises two parts: taught modules (a combination of compulsory and optional modules) [50 credits] and a minor research thesis [40 credits] [90 credits in total].

Compulsory modules

Compulsory taught modules focus on familiarising students with the resources and sources available for the study of Irish history and also with the major debates and controversies in areas such as Irish urban history, women’s history, Irish emigration and Diaspora.

Part-time students may take one module in Semester 1 of their first year and the other in Semester 1 of their second year. Compulsory modules will be delivered in the evening on alternate years to enable part-time students to take both modules over the two-year cycle of the programme.

All students must successfully complete compulsory modules amounting to a total of 25 credits. 

Optional modules

Students choose from a suite of optional modules which include Historic Houses and the world of goods; The evolution of Irish landed estates; The Irish soldier; Victorian Ireland; The evolution of the urban landscape; Doing local history; Reading the Irish landscape. All optional modules are delivered in Semester 2 of each academic year. 

A suite of optional modules on offer will be delivered in the evening on alternate years to enable Part-time students to take a selection over the two-year cycle of the programme.

Note: The range of optional modules available to Part-time students will depend upon the number of students who register for individual modules.

All students must successfully complete optional modules amounting to a total of 25 credits. 

Thesis preparation and thesis completion

Thesis modules span both semesters.

Part-time students complete HY608 Thesis preparation during Semester 1 of Year 2 and HY609 Thesis completion during Semester 2 of Year 2. A total of 40 credits are awarded for thesis preparation and completion. Students submit their thesis by 1 July of Year 2.


Module Code

Module Title

HY 602

Interpreting local evidence [12.5] Compulsory

HY 607

Debates and controversies in Irish History [12.5] Compulsory

HY 605

Doing local history (Optional) [2.5] Optional

HY 606

Reading the Irish landscape (Optional) [2.5] Optional

HY 632

The Irish Soldier, 1685 to the Present (Optional) [12.5] Optional

HY 642

Historic houses and the world of goods (Optional) [12.5] Optional

HY 643

The evolution of Irish landed estates (Optional) [10] Optional

HY 604

The Evolution of the Irish urban landscape (Optional) [10] Optional

HY 656

Victorian Ireland (Optional) [12.5] Optional


Course Duration: 2 years Part-time

A Taught Masters Degree in Irish History provides a good basis for pursuing a career in education, journalism, civil service, research, arts administration, archives, library and information service, the diplomatic service, politics, law, public relations, public administration among other options.

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PAC Code

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.


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