M.A. Irish Historical Research

University College Cork

Application deadline: 1 July. Closing Date (Non-EU): 14 June
Tuition fee:
  • € 5,400 / Year (EEA)
  • € 5,400 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Masters in History courses to choose from are as follows:A. International Relations (CKE45)B. Medieval History (CKE46)C.US Foreign Policy and Contemporary History (CKE42) D. Irish Historical Research (CKE44)

For the MA in Irish Historical Research students choose one of the following specialist options (must be noted on PAC application form):

i) HI6041 State, Culture and Identity Formation in Ireland, 1500-1900

ii) HI6042 Sources and Debates in Modern Irish History

iii) HI6043 History of Irish Media


The MA is made up of 90 credits:

45 credits are allocated for the successful completion of the taught component and 45 credits for a dissertation of a maximum of 20,000 words (Part II).

Students choose their modules in the second week of the first term with the School of History.

Module choices must be registered with either Déirdre or Geraldine in Tyrconnell, School of History.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I

HI6011 Ideas and Approaches in History (15 credits)
andHI6040 Research Skills in History (15 credits)
HI6044 Digital History (15 credits)

and one of the following Specialist options:

* HI6043 History of Irish Media
* HI6057 The Politics of Identity: Ireland and Scotland, Twelfth to Eighteenth Centuries
* HI6058 Contemporary Irish History

These Specialist options must be chosen when applying to the PAC system for the MA History (Irish Historical Research). Details as follows:

HI6043 History of Irish Media

Students will examine in depth the historical development and impact of the print and broadcast media and journalism in modern Ireland. The print media in Ireland from the mid nineteenth century to the late twentieth century are studied both as sources and historical forces, as are the media of radio and television in the twentieth century. A wide variety of newspapers, journals and magazines are historically analysed and interpreted. The course will engage with the role of Radio Éireann and RTÉ, as well as examining themes such as current affairs, sport and drama, and specific shows and broadcasters such as Gay Byrne.


To be considered for registration an applicant will normally have an honours primary degree of at least second-class honours Grade 1 level in a suitable subject or the equivalent

Applications from students with a 2H2 level in a suitable subject may be considered and may be requested to submit a proposal and/or an interview following application.
All candidates must satisfy a selection committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.

Important Note: Before completing the online application and online Supplementary Question Form (see further details below), intending candidates must consult with the relevant course co-ordinators or prospective supervisors to discuss/confirm their proposed research area (Course Co-Ordinator names and contact details are available in the Course Content section further down). Following this consultation the proposed supervisor should be named on the online supplementary questions form.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES -MA, MPHIL (Masters by Research) AND PHD DEGREES IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORY. Application for all EU programmes is on-line at through the Postgraduate Applications Centre in Galway.International/Non-EU Applicants must contact the International Education Office at email internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie All applicants in the School of History must consult with the relevant course co-ordinator/prospective supervisor to discuss/confirm their proposed research area and supervisor. Contact details and research areas of all staff are available on the School of History web-site For full details of the MA application procedure go to For full details of the Masters Research procedure go tofull details of the PhD procedure go to When applying online to History through the PAC System: · MA applicants will also be asked to complete an online Supplementary Questions Form which requests the name of a proposed supervisor and a proposed title of your research. In order to do this intending candidates must consult with the relevant MA course co-ordinator to discuss/confirm their proposed research area and supervisor. Following this consultation, the proposed supervisor and proposed title of research must be named on the Supplementary Questions Form. Your application will not be accepted by the PAC system unless this Supplementary Questions Form is fully complete. Copies of the Supplementary questions forms for our MA programmes are available to view here: CKE42 CKE42AdditionalQuestions, CKE44 - CKE44AdditionalQuestions CKE45 - CKE45supplementaryform, CKE46 - CKE46supplementaryform· MPhil/PhD applicants must also nominate a supervisor and submit a typed proposal (1,500-2,000 words) of the proposed research area, which should include, as far as possible, aims objectives, research questions and an outline of the literature and pertinent sources. In order to do this intending candidates must consult with the relevant staff member/supervisor prior to submitting their PAC application form and proposal.All applications must satisfy a selections committee who may ask applicants to provide letters of reference if necessary, when considering applications. To ensure that an application may be considered and a decision made in good time, students should apply as early as possible, and no later than 1st June, 2011. Later applications may be accepted, but this may result in delays.


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