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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
A. Irish Historical Research
Choose one of the following programmes:
(i) State, Culture and Identity Formation in Ireland, 1500-1900
This examines key themes in Ireland's political, social andcultural development.It uses the interlinking perspectives of state, culture and identity formation to inform a critical perspective derived from current and cutting edge research. Themes from among the following will provide the framework for the module: Colonialism and its legacies, War and Rebellion, Anglicisation, Religion, Land, Parliament, Nationalism and Unionism.Contact: Dr. Clare OHalloran firstname.lastname@example.org 021-4902605
(ii) Sources and Debates in Modern Irish HistoryThe objective here is to acquaint students with the extent and use of primary source material, and with significant historiographical debates, relating to twentieth century Irish history. The module consists of a series of visits to, and briefings on the operation, holdings and use of major archives and other repositories, and of a series of discussion sessions focussing, in turn, on major historiographical debates on significant aspects of twentieth century Irish history.Contact: Mr. Gabriel Doherty email@example.com 021-4902783
(iii) History of Irish MediaStudents 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. Contact: Dr. Donal ODrisceoil firstname.lastname@example.org 021-4903048 Dr. Finola Doyle-ONeill email@example.com 021-34903476.
B) US Foreign Policy and Contemporary HistoryThe MA in US Foreign Policy and Contemporary History combines the analysis of US foreign policy situated within the major trends and developments in contemporary world history. It will analyse key issues in the history of US foreign policy during the Cold War and after. It will engage with the primary concerns in the superpower relationship, regional alliances, challenges to the United States in the form of nationalism, revolutionary movements, and more recent problems and issues, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and the Transatlantic relationship, Central America and Asia. The module will proceed to investigate a range of contemporary concerns and issues. In addition students take a number of modules on contemporary history and international relations including: Understanding International Conflict, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Case Studies in Crises and Decision-making and War and Peace, 1648-1945. Students will acquire a range of discipline specific skills and generic transferable skills. In addition they will write a 20 000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice in the area of the History of US foreign policy or relations.Contact: Dr. Mervyn ODriscoll firstname.lastname@example.org 021-4903477 Dr. David Ryan email@example.com 021-4902183.
c) International Relations: War, Peace and Transformation in World Politics.The MA in International Relations centres on the challenges of war, peace and transformation reflecting the Schools expertise. The programme combines study of the past with modern analysis of the contemporary world. The strong component provides a comprehensive all-round induction into the disciplines of IR and conflict/peace studies. Students take modules on Understanding International Conflict, Foreign Policy and
Diplomacy, Issues and Theories in World Politics, and War and Peace.
Students develop and perfect high-level research and communication skills through
writing a 20,000-word dissertation. Each student chooses their own thesis topic from
within the broad areas of IR, conflict/peace studies and International History.
Contact: Dr. Mervyn ODriscoll firstname.lastname@example.org 021-4903477.
D) Medieval History
The MA in Medieval History provides a comprehensive introduction to research into central themes in the culture of the medieval West. Through analysis of texts and images, students gain detailed familiarity with the broad characteristics of medieval culture and the major trends and transformations within it. Students will also receive instruction in Latin and, through the exploration of the primary sources, will be introduced to the historical skills necessary to undertake original research.
Upon completion of the courses in the MA in Medieval History, and through their mastery of the methodologies and skills that equip them to undertake research, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to engage with the historical sources in writing their research dissertation; they should also be able to adapt their research skills and analytical tools either to a variety of non-academic contexts or to undertaking further postgraduate research.
Contact: Dr. Damian Bracken email@example.com 021-4902950
Entry RequirementsTo be considered for registration an applicant will normally have:
(a) a primary degree of at least second-class honours Grade 1 level in a suitable subject or the equivalent
(b) 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 applications must satisfy a selection committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference. English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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