Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History

Level: 9

Duration: 18 months part-time

Cost: 2,250 per annum

Minimum Intake: 8

The Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History offers both a challenging and rewarding introduction into the advanced study of history by combining a range of taught modules as well as opportunities for independent research. Regional history promotes comparative analysis between counties in different areas rather than honing in solely on the history of a particular event at a very local level. Students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History will take all the modules of the M.A. in Irish Regional History for semester 1, semester 2 and the Debating History module from semester 3. The programme is structured in a way that develops a conceptual, methodological and practice-based understanding of history.

In this programme there is a strong emphasis on thematic and creative modules to encourage students to sharpen the broad themes of history into the regional in modules such as ‘Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History’, ‘Stories from the Archives: Doing Regional History’ and ‘Cultural Heritage’. The Oral History module ‘Revealing Hidden Voices’ is unique to this programme. This programme aims to produce historians who will find, preserve and communicate this history within the academy and public arenas, and gain employment in the fields of heritage, tourism, media and education.

Further Study

This programme encourages lifelong learning and is useful for progression to undertaking an M.A. programme. Students have the opportunity to progress to the M.A. in Irish History on successful completion of semester one and two of the Postgraduate Diploma in Irish History.


The minimum requirements for application for entry to this programme are:

  1. A degree at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ with an award at a minimum of second-class honours grade 2 or its equivalent under the European Framework of Qualifications or other international educational qualification recognition system); or
  2. 2. Applicants who hold a degree at level 8 with an award of pass or who hold a degree at level 7 or their respective equivalents on the NFQ and the EFQ may be considered for entry to the programme if they can show evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of three years or who can evidence a portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies; or
  3. 3. In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not hold a degree at level 7 or level 8 on the NFQ may be considered for entry subject to evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of 8 years or who can evidence a relatively substantial portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies.

Each semester is 20 weeks, with two evenings per week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm for 12 weeks of lectures/seminars running from September to December and January to May.

Exploring Historiography and Research Methods

Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History

Historical Research, Design and Practice

Stories from the Archives: Doing Irish Regional History

Cultural Heritage

Revealing Hidden Voices: Oral History

Emerging Histories: Research Seminars

Irish Regional History Project

The Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History aims to provide graduates with the skills and expertise to pursue a range of professional pathways, for example: heritage agencies and centres, County Council Heritage Officers, conservation and restoration, museums, national parks, tourism, charities and NGOs, research positions in government agencies and media companies, and arts administration. It will also be attractive to those who already work in the wider heritage sector and wish to upskill for professional development.

Employability is not the only reason to pursue a postgraduate degree. Students also enjoy the chance to pursue their undergraduate subject or field of interest at a more advanced level. A postgraduate diploma can allow students to follow a subject that they have passion for where the end goal is education and knowledge, and this can also enhance job prospects.

This course is now open for applications. Please bear with us as we are currently processing a large number of applications, but we will keep in touch at each stage of your applicant journey.

Please note you will be required to answer specific questions and to upload documents as part of the online applications process for this programme. Once you click on the Apply Now button below you will be directed to the application forms with instructions for completing the forms. It is important you read these carefully.

The closing date for applications is July 30th 2021.



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