Award Type and NFQ level : POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (9)

CAO/PAC code : MHP72

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Closing Date : 31 July 2024

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The Postgraduate Diploma in History offers the opportunity to take taught modules on a named Masters programme in History (amounting to 60 credits) but without committing to completing a minor thesis. It is intended as an award for the student who successfully completes all the taught components of his/her Masters programme in History (60 credits) but who, for whatever reason, does not undertake the minor thesis (30 credits). As a Level 9 Postgraduate qualification in its own right, applications from those who wish to register for only the taught modules offered on the MA Irish History, MA Local History, MA European History or MA Military History & Strategic Studies, or indeed to take modules across programmes (to a maximum of 60 credits), are most welcome.


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:

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study. For information about English language tests accepted and required scores, please see here. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and International applicants.

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

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Department of History


Department of History


Department of History

Students choose from a mix of compulsory and optional modules on offer within the Department's MA programmes in European History, Irish History, and Military History & Strategic Studies. HY667 Skills and Methods in History [10 credits] is compulsory.

Course Duration: 1 Year Full Time


Career options:

 Many graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers or further education in the arts and heritage sector, in galleries, libraries, museums, archives and cultural institutions. This qualification can also be of use in diplomatic service, politics, law, public relations and public administration including with EU bodies.

Some graduates subsequently embark upon PhD programmes in Maynooth University or another third-level institution and their experience of independent research sets them in good stead to engage in future postgraduate research and apply for funding on a competitive basis.

Online application only

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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 birth certificate or valid passport.

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