MA Global History

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The  Global History MA is designed to encourage you to think about historical problems beyond their local, national and regional contexts, training you to think about how historical change happens because of the interaction of local, global and international factors. It is suitable for students who have previously studied history, as well as for graduates of related subjects like law, business and economics, modern languages, or social sciences. All of our teaching at postgraduate level consists of seminar style debates led by a world-class researchers. We do not lecture postgraduate students. Our courses will help you to understand and critically think about the latest international scholarship upon the subjects that interest you most. 


The combination of international, comparative, and global history perspectives that is unique to the UCD Global History MA will help you to better understand the ways in which enhanced global integration has shaped and continues to shape the world.

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

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 History or cognate disciplines. 

Our course includes training in methodology and research, as well as cutting edge seminar courses on subjects like Gender, Empires and Imperialism, War and Political Violence (including terrorism, genocide and mass violence), Medicine, Religion, Revolution, Nationalism and Globalization. Every student is free to choose their own degree pathway and the modules on offer include courses in medieval, early-modern and modern history. Our geographical expertise covers most of the world.

MA Global History (Z347) Full Time
EU          fee per year - € 9100
nonEU    fee per year - € 22600

MA Global History (Z348) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4550
nonEU    fee per year - € 11300

***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.


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

Evan O’Quigley 
MA 2014 

I completed an MA in the History of Totalitarianism, where I specialised in the history of artists and intellectuals in East-Central Europe. I currently work as the Marketing and Communications Executive for EisnerAmper Ireland, a professional services firm in the financial sector. Before taking up this role, I worked in a variety of financial and journalism roles, with bylines in the University Observer and  


The School of History offers a thriving research culture with a range of seminars and in-house conferences organised. 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 where an extensive range of manuscripts and state papers are housed.


The following entry routes are available:

MA Global History FT (Z347)
1 Years
Full Time
MA Global History PT (Z348)
2 Years
Part Time

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