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History, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #185 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
This History programme at University College Dublin will deepen your understanding of the past and how it has been interpreted over time.  It will teach skills of interpretation, data analysis and presentation.  You will have the opportunity to work closely with an expert member of academic staff in the area of your interest.


  • Core modules addressing skills and methodologies relevant to History graduates at University College Dublin
  • A wide range of specialised modules
  • Research dissertation completed under the guidance of a member of academic staff


The quality and versatility of this MA has allowed its graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including journalism, publishing, teaching, government, law, archives, public relations, librarianships. For students who wish to pursue an academic career, this MA is ideal preparation for the PhD.

This programme is aimed at students who wish to develop their analytical research and dissemination skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of the past, its societies and cultures. We value independent thinking, incisive criticism and reflective writing. We value a research-led and student-centred teaching environment. We emphasise intensive engagement with primary sources through physical and virtual archives. This engagement takes place in an atmosphere sustained by structured personal staff engagement as well as dynamic peer-learning. Individual supervisory meetings are a key element in the programme’s design.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation
  • Disseminating History
  • Approaches to History
  • Introductory Latin
  • Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts
  • The Making of United States Foreign Policy From FDR to GWB
  • Origins of Modern Diplomacy
  • Reading and Writing Twentieth.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Most courses operate a rolling admissions policy with decisions being taken as soon as possible after receipt of completed applications. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • This programme is intended for graduates with degrees in History or a cognate discipline. An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19200 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7055 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7055 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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