The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West will enable students to deal with the theory and practice of historical studies; learn about lore, life and mythology in the region; and stimulate students in themes of local history, museum studies and agriculture.

The programme will introduce students to a wide variety of primary sources and other materials, utilised in researching folklore, local and cross-border history, museum studies and history of agriculture in the NW. The programme will reflect the interrelationship between theory and practice, combined with principles of adult learning and the lifelong process. Students will, therefore, be exposed to a range of innovative teaching and learning strategies, including fieldwork experience

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA incorporates history, heritage, agriculture, museum studies and folklore to help students better understand the present through the eyes of the past.

Programme Overview:

Year 1 (October - June)

  • Concepts, Sources & Methods in Historical Studies (10 ECTS)
  • Local History (10 ECTS)
  • History of Irish Farming (10 ECTS)
  • Ireland in the 20th Century (10 ECTS)
  • Preserving the Past (5 ECTS)

Year 2 (October – June)

  • Advanced Research Methods (15 ECTS)
  • Dissertation (30 ECTS)

What is the course duration?

  • Master's Degree: Two Calendar Years (part-time) (6 modules, 90 ECTS)
  • Exits available with Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules, 30 ECTS) or Postgraduate Diploma (5 modules, 60 ECTS)

Who should apply?

This programme will be of interest to those working in heritage centres, museums, libraries, archives, primary & secondary school teachers and students who have completed a study in a related field. The transferable nature of skills acquired will be valuable to people form a wide variety of occupations, as well as those who wish to progress their study in the area

What are the entry requirements?

  • A primary degree (min H2:2) or evidence of equivalent academic evidence
  • Applicants without the above but who hold a substantial relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission
  • Entry procedure: Such applicants may be invited for interview and will be asked to bring examples of their written historical work with them and copies of relevant academic transcripts

What are the future prospects for students graduating from this programme?

Opportunities will exist in the heritage industry (museums, heritage centres and organisations, tourism agencies and enterprises), lecturing, rural development, research and libraries. Successful students will be able to enter careers in public, private and museum education and historical research.

Programme Applications:

To maximise the benefit of the programme to participants, the intake is restricted to 20 students. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday12th August 2016

Programme Accreditation: National University of Ireland, Galway - NUI Galway (Level 9)

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5,990 EUR
EU, 2015 fee. Non EU €10, 250 (fees do not include accommodation, medical insurance, transfers, course books). Scholarships for non EU students up to €2000.00 available dependent on academic qualifications and experience
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