LOCAL HISTORY P/T
‘Local History’ is the study of a particular place or region in the past, including its people, culture and events. It is the foundation upon which a sense of community and belonging is built. It examines closely how historic incidents and individuals have affected the development of the region in question, providing a deeper understanding of the past and how it has shaped the present.
The MA in Local History at Maynooth University prepares students to research their chosen place, identifying and analysing sources, compiling evidence, structuring a dissertation and producing a final written thesis. An interdisciplinary approach grounded in history draws on complementary fields such as anthropology, archaeology, geography and sociology. This focus on specific places and communities has the potential to uncover previously unknown or overlooked aspects of history, while there is a parallel emphasis on understanding the past in relation to the present.
Students who have an honours degree with a 1:1, a 2.(i) or high 2.(ii) grade in History before the programme begins will be offered a place. Other applications will be considered depending on available spaces. Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.
KEY INFORMATION: Maynooth University’s TOEFL code: 8850
|How to apply|
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.
This programme comprises two parts: taught modules in year 1, and a minor research thesis in year 2 (90 credits in total).
Year 1 [50 credits]
Optional modules (10 credits each) cover aspects of Irish history from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, typically including the following topics: heritage, conservation and cultural tourism; the evolution of the urban landscape; landed estates and designed landscapes; domestic architecture; war and revolution; rural settlement; the archaeology and history of medieval Ireland.
Course Duration: 2 years part-time
Duration: 2 years part-time
Programme Director Dr Michael Potterton
|Career and postgraduate options|
Studying and researching Local History can help to preserve and promote cultural heritage by highlighting the unique traditions, customs and landmarks of an area. It fosters community engagement and encourages active participation in the preservation of local heritage, as well as playing a role in economic development by promoting tourism and preserving historic sites.
The skills and experience acquired on the MA in Local History programme apply to a variety of fields, especially history, archaeology and cultural heritage. The programme provides participants with a good basis for pursuing a career in academia, arts administration, the civil service, the diplomatic service, education, journalism, law, politics, public administration, public relations or research, as well as job opportunities in museums, heritage organisations, local government.
For further information on Postgraduate options please go to the Graduate Studies site