Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History

Level: 9

Duration: 18 months part-time

Cost: 1,125 per semester (€3,375 total)

Minimum Intake: 8

Programme Overview

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.  

The programme is designed to provide a comparative analysis between counties in different areas, rather than focusing historical events at a very local level. 

The degree is validated and awarded by the South East Technological University (SETU). 

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • Understand the significance of regional history, heritage and oral history 
  • Source and evaluate archival materials for the study of history 
  • Collect, interpret and present oral history in accordance with best practice standards 
  • Assess and analyse data and present research findings, particularly with reference to use of digital technologies 
  • Design, conduct and present a piece of research with an original component 

Click Here to listen to Programme Director, Dr Elaine Callinan talk about the Programme on KCLR.

Programme Highlights

Over the course of three semesters, students will take seven modules, culminating in the completion of an Irish Regional History Project. 

Key areas of study include 

  • Economics, religion, culture and politics in medieval Ireland 
  • Insurgency, counter-insurgency and repression, secret societies, sectarianism 
  • Plagues and epidemics 
  • Irish emigrants embracing life in the USA 

Skills and Career Information

This programme aims to produce historians who will find, preserve and communicate this history within the academic and public arenas, and gain employment in the fields of heritage, tourism, media and education.  

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; 
  • museums and tourism; 
  • charities and NGOs; 
  • research positions in government agencies, and  
  • arts administration.  

It is also a fantastic opportunity for professional development for those in the wider heritage sector. 

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. 

It also 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 Regional History on successful completion of semester one and two of the Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional 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. 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. 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

Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History

Year 1

Semester 1

Exploring Historiography and Research Methods

This module provides learners with a strong methodological foundation upon which to develop their own research projects and also develop transferable skills such as critical analysis and project management skills.

Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History

This module sets out to provide learners with a methodological approach to the research and writing of Irish regional history. It encourages learners to develop a wide knowledge of archival and other sources, provides them with the skills to make appropriate use of these sources and familiarises them with research methodologies.

Semester 2

Historical Research, Design and Practice

In this module, learners have the opportunity to develop a research project with a regional history or cultural heritage focus. It has a very practical focus covering aspects of thesis writing, including how to identify a research question, how to develop an argument, how to structure a thesis and how to adhere to the correct referencing styles will also be discussed and developed.

Stories from the Archives: Doing Regional History

The module aims to engage learners in the use of archival materials for the study of history. It facilitates learners to effectively use primary sources, enabling them to assess the assets and limitations of archives for researching a given topic.

Cultural Heritage

This module helps learners to understand the concept of cultural heritage and to apply this knowledge to current and possible future projects. Learners will examine the tangible and intangible or non-physical aspects of regional culture. Natural heritage, such as the UNESCO cultural heritage sites of Ireland and those on the tentative list, will be discussed.

Revealing Hidden Voices: Oral History

This module develops the methodology of collecting ‘history from below’, giving learners the skills to collect and interpret evidence that is not available in the written record. It enables learners to learn best practice standards in oral history methodologies. It aims to introduce them to uses of oral history in museum and heritage settings, and to learn basic podcasting skills.

Year 2

Semester 1

Emerging Histories: Research Seminars

This is an essential module which allows learners to contribute by way of presentation to faculty and peers to open and encourage debates into specific research being carried out. The key skill being developed in this module is the ability to verbally present and articulate on personal research, and to query and contribute to other research thesis and projects.

Regional History Project

The Regional History Project provides learners with a high degree of autonomy to develop, design, conduct, present and write-up a piece of research with an original component. The project topic will be an approved topic in regional history, carried out under the direction of a relevant supervisor. Learners can undertake a project in any Irish regional history theme.

Semester 2

Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History are made directly to Carlow College via the relevant Postgraduate Application Form. 

Postgraduate Application Instructions

Applying with a relevant Level 8 degree

In order to submit your application, you must have the following documents ready: 

  • Official transcripts for all Level 8 (or above) qualifications held – a full transcript of your results across the various stages of your degree to ensure that you have the required 80 ECTs of History (if qualifications are not available at the time of submission please email subsequently to admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie
  • Official certificates/documentation in relation to education/training completed which is relevant to the programme 
  • Personal Statement – a short statement of purpose outlining your reasons for undertaking the chosen course. 
  • Written reference outlining 
    • your suitability for the programme applied for 
    • Intellectual qualities, including; professional and educational developments; present performance; personal qualities; career aspirations; and, research/study interests. 
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of English Language Proficiency 

 

Applying based on prior learning, experiential learning or work experience

In order to submit your application for recognition of prior learning, you must have the following documents ready: 

  • Official transcripts for all Level 8 qualifications held (if any) 
  • Accredited Learning: Copy of assessment transcripts for each year of study, a copy of the programme syllabus and course description (which includes whether full-time or part-time study, number of contact hours per week and learning outcomes)
  • Experiential Learning: details of prior experiential learning relevant to the programme 
  • Employment details (if applicable) 
  • Personal Statement – a short statement of purpose outlining your reasons for undertaking the chosen course. 
  • Written reference outlining  
    • your suitability for the programme applied for 
    • Intellectual qualities, including; professional and educational developments; present performance; personal qualities; career aspirations; and, research/study interests. 
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of English Language Proficiency 

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