MA European History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The MA European History (UNICA) is a stimulating two-year interdisciplinary, comparative Master’s programme which offers the choice between partner universities in six European capitals – Dublin, Berlin, Oslo, Paris, Rome, and Vienna. Over two years, students study in two or three of the collaborating universities, beginning and completing their programme in their host university. For general information:

This diverse programme focuses on the comparative analysis of European history and students will develop the ability to understand historical problems in a comparative framework. The programme is taught in English, so that all partner universities offer some modules in English. It is also possible to take modules in the local language. This programme provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue a PhD in European history and equips students with a wide range of skills in the international jobs market.


  • This diverse programme focuses on the comparative analysis of European history
  • Students will develop the ability to understand historical problems in a comparative framework
  • The programme will be carried out in English, meaning English will be accepted at all partner universities for presentations and assignments

Careers & Employability

Our graduates progress to a wide range of interesting careers. 

Many of our alumni work in international business, foreign affairs and Dublin's vibrant tech sector, where a background in the global humanities is particularly valued. Other graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts, whilst some continue on to PhD research.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

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

This MA programme offers an innovative and structured introduction to graduate study of European history. The programme has been designed for graduate students with a particular interest in European history, who intend to continue to more advanced graduate research.

Over the course of the two year programme, students have the opportunity to study at three leading European universities, developing an understanding of different historiographical and methodological approaches, appreciating the value of comparative approaches to European history, and developing linguistic and other skills necessary for more advanced graduate study. The mobility of the programme enables students to develop their own transnational networks with researchers and fellow students throughout Europe.

What constitutes European history has been endlessly debated and it is not the purpose of this programme to establish particular claims for the chronological and geographical boundaries of European history. The programme instead encourages students to think about European history within a comparative framework, be that comparing regions, nations, or other categories of analysis.

The structure of the programme encourages students to identify the partners within the consortium best suited to developing the student’s specific research interests and other skills. 

  • To analyse key historical problems using primary sources in different languages;
  • To assess different methodological approaches in the study of European history;
  • To understand key problems in European history within a comparative framework;
  • To undertake original research, underpinned by critical thinking.

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The MEH is a two year Master’s programme divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). The programme starts in the winter term and it has a modular structure. It is made up of 120 Credits Points (CP) - 30 CP each term. All students will study in at least two different universities. A minimum of 30 ECTS credits must be obtained abroad. The Master’s thesis is to be written in English and will be supervised by academic staff of two of the different partner universities.

Modules cover topics such as the First World War, political violence, comparative revolutions, Communism, European imperialism, gender in modern history, and the history of science and technology.          

MA European History (Z222) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fees are charged for the first year of the programme only.

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. 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.

Applicants need an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant subject area of humanities or social sciences (history, international relations, politics, European studies, economics and sociology, or modern languages). Prerequisites for applying for this Master’s Programme are proficiency in English (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR) and a good knowledge of a second modern foreign language (level B2 of the CEFR). A command of German (level A2) is also required for applicants at Humboldt-Universität.

Application and admission processes are regulated and administered by all participating universities, according to the local practice. Study places are awarded by each partner university. Applicants have to send their application directly to one of the partner universities. For the period of mobility: All students must apply and register for the programme through their home university. In addition, formal registration and course enrolment is required at those participating university/ies where students attend for at least one semester

Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD’s International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information:

Lia Brazil
MA 2016

As part of the UNICA MA in European History I spent one semester each at UCD, the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin and King's College London, before returning to UCD to complete my dissertation. The major advantage of the two-year programme was the variety of modules and teaching methods offered by each institution. In Berlin I also had the opportunity to attend language classes and practice German. UCD History was an excellent base with a vibrant and active research community. My experience doing the UNICA MA gave me the tools and ideas to put together my current PhD project, which I am now undertaking at the European University Institute in Florence.      


The following entry routes are available:

MA European History (UNICA) FT (Z222)
2 Years
Full Time

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