MA Irish History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Established in 1854, UCD is steeped in Irish history and is an institution that has played a key role in the development of modern Ireland. UCD’s dynamic School of History, the largest in the country, has long played a vital role in leading national debate and research on the evolution of Irish society, culture and politics. This MA will involve students working closely with some of the country’s most renowned historians of Ireland to continue the tradition of providing context, insight and originality in the research of modern Irish history and its communication to a wide audience.

Students will have an opportunity to focus on their own particular areas of interest and be guided by historians with an excellent track record in the teaching and research.

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 humanities is particularly valued. Others graduates work in senior positions across a diverse range of industries including education, the media, NGOs and the Arts, while 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

Part Time option suitable for:

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

This course is open to graduates from history, social sciences or cognate disciplines. 

The modules offered encapsulate the origins, development and contemporary state of research into Irish history. Through the dissertation and in house conference, students will have an opportunity to develop and present a significant project based on original research. There is a strong emphasis on the use of primary source material, including material from the collections of the UCD archives.

Modules include:

  • Researching and Interpreting Modern History 
  • Health and Humanities 
  • Popular Culture in Modern Ireland
  • Landscapes & Envrionment in Ireland, 1500 - 1800
  • Dissertation.

MA Irish History (Z264) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 7990
nonEU    fee per year - € 21520

MA Irish History (Z265) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4800
nonEU    fee per year - € 10760

***Fees are subject to change

Minimum of 2.1 or international equivalent in BA History or a cognate subject. Minimum of 2.1 in BA History or a cognate subject.

Roisin Guyett-Nicholson
MA 2018

Writing a research dissertation is at the core of this course, and enabled me to undertake a significant amount of individual research. The support of my supervisor and the other academics in the School was invaluable, while the small group seminars developed my research skills and knowledge of Irish History, giving me a strong foundation from which I could base my dissertation. The conference module, organised by students was a particular highlight, offering an opportunity for students to present their original research. The research, writing, editing and presentation skills were all key for this MA course, and are ones I use on a regular basis in my current role in Communications and Marketing at UCD.  


The Archives at UCD house an invaluable collection and are a remarkable on-site resource for those interested in all aspects of modern Irish history. UCD is also very conveniently located for the use of Dublin city centre research and cultural institutions, including the National Library of Ireland and the National Archives.


The following entry routes are available:

MA Irish History FT (Z264)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Irish History PT (Z265)
2 Years
Part Time

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