MA Public History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MA in Public History builds upon the well-established status of the School of History in the fields of commemoration and public history.  Students will examine both the theoretical and practical elements of public history through the programme.

  • Provides successful graduates with both theoretical and practical skills to disseminate history across multiple platforms
  • Develops skillset as a historian alongside interdisciplinary analysis of memory studies and commemoration
  • Practical skills in podcasting, exhibitions, and conference organisation

Careers & Employability

Students graduating from this programme will be equipped for careers in media, history, further academic study (PhD programmes), research, policy, heritage, and education (both within Ireland and abroad). The quality and versatility of MA programmes within the School of History has allowed its graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including journalism, publishing, teaching, government, law, archives, public relations, and librarianship.

 

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

This course is open to graduates from a humanities, social sciences, or cognate disciplines. This course affords students the ability to undertake traditional aspects of the MA in History such as researching and writing an MA dissertation while also providing specialist training in the theory and practice of public history.

 

The MA in Public History builds upon the well-established status of the School of History in the fields of commemoration and public history. Students will work closely with historians active in public history and commemorations. Analysing the role of the public historian across multiple platforms, this course offers students the opportunity to build a tailored skillset which will allow them to disseminate history across multiple media and to consider how history can be utilised in informing public discourse and the shaping of policy in culture, education, politics, and the media. Through a mixture of academic and practical modules, students will be guided through the theory and application of public history. The course also offers the opportunity for students to undertake relevant work experience in podcasting, publishing, policy, and print media.

MA Public History (Z247) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7640
nonEU    fee per year - € 19200

MA Public History (Z248) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4590
nonEU    fee per year - € 9600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

The Margaret MacCurtain Scholarship in Women's History (see UCD School of History website)

Kevin B Nowlan Scholarship in Irish or Modern European History (see UCD School of History website)

A primary degree in an appropriate field such as a Bachelor of Arts, or in a cognate discipline. You must supply details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained.

Excellent academic grades 2H1 or an equivalent of a UCD GPA 3.2 NFQ Level 8. Transcripts will be required.

You will be asked to complete a supporting statement outlining your reasons and motivation for wishing to undertake  the course.

Two academic references from referees who are in a position to assess your intellectual ability, maturity and motivation.

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.

The following entry routes are available:

MA Public History FT (Z247)
Duration
1 Years
Attendance
Full Time
Deadline
Rolling *
MA Public History PT (Z248)
Duration
2 Years
Attendance
Part Time
Deadline
Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised