History is the examination of human experience over time. History attempts to understand and explain the origins and evolution of the societies we live in. The complex processes of social change, the choice of one set of political or ethical values over another, the context in which radical ideas arose: History is the study of all of these things and more. Understanding the identity of nations, races, or creeds gives us insight into the causes of conflict, how countries were formed and societies evolved, and the way we live today. As a student of History, you will acquire intellectual adaptability, a capacity for objective assessment of complicated issues and the ability to evaluate conflicting interpretations.
Applicants are required to have a minimum of six subjects in the Irish Leaving Certificate with two Higher Level papers at C3 and four Ordinary or Higher Level papers at grade D3
This course requires 3 additional subjects
Mature students - Information:
Mature Students must fill out the NUI Maynooth Mature Student Application Form available at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/mature_form.shtml. It is essential that you also apply to the CAO further details available at www.cao.ie.. Both applications must be received before the 1st of February. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of an entrance test.
For further information on mature student entrance tests please see our website at http://admissions.nuim.ie/mature_students/MatureTests.shtml
Candidates with a Disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (dyslexia) and require examination support for the written tests please download the form http://access.nuim.ie/news/mature-and-restricted-assessment-test from this page. Please send in this form with your supporting documentation to Ms. Rose Ryan, Disability Officer (telephone 01-708 6341), by 1st March each year.
Unfortunately we will be unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after the deadline. You can find further information on the supporting documentation required and examination and other supports available at http://access.nuim.ie/disability/prospective-students.
Mature students - Closing dates for application:
The closing date for mature applications is February 1st.
As a Single Honours BA degree, History is taken with one other subject in First Year. Students take only History in Second and Third Year.
For the Major/Minor option,History is taken with one other subject in First Year. Students take History and one other (minor) subject in Second and Third Year.
Students who opt to spend a year studying abroad are awarded a BA (International) degree.
|Cannot be combined with|
First Year: Business, Geography, German, Greek, Law, Philosophy, Psychology
Second and Third Year: Business, Geography, German, Greek, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Statistics
|Career and postgraduate options|
History students have a strong facility for critical thinking and analysis, and an adaptability to numerous work environments. Graduates are to be found in a wide range of occupations, including arts administration, archives, computer services, library and information services, management consultancy, the diplomatic service, air traffic control, youth work, personnel management, banking, radio and TV, journalism, public relations, public administration, and teaching at all levels.
- MA in Local History
- MA in Military History and Strategic Studies
- MA in Historical House Studies
- MA in Historical Archives
- MA in European History
- Higher Diploma in Irish History
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site