Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History

Level

9

Duration

18 months

Course Fees

€3,375 total

Why Study This Course?

Unique

Only programme of its kind on the east coast of Ireland

'Doing' History

Focus is on ‘doing’ regional history, learning and debating cultural heritage, and practicing oral history

Masters option

Opportunity to progress to Masters at end of semester two

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

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

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.

Semester 1
Exploring Historiography and Research Methods
Discourse and Dissonance: Themes in Regional History

Semester 2
Historical Research, Design and Practice
Stories from the Archives: Doing Irish Regional History
Cultural Heritage
Revealing Hidden Voices: Oral History

Semester 3
Emerging Histories: Research Seminars
Irish Regional History Project

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.

Stephen Heffernan | Secondary Teacher

Why did you choose Carlow College for your studies?
I chose to pursue postgraduate studies at Carlow College as a result of the nature of the course being offered (regional studies lying between the local and the national, something not available elsewhere) and the fact that the course is run in the evenings, something which makes it possible for someone teaching full-time. The teaching staff are well-known and respected in their fields, and the tuition fees are more reasonable than those at other institutions.

What do you like most about the M.A. in Irish Regional History?
I like the small class size as it is possible for everyone to get to know each other well, a factor which makes group or project work less intimidating. It is also great to get to be working with people whose interests are broadly similar to one’s own.

The atmosphere in the College is friendly and welcoming, the staff are approachable and the nature of the course itself (regional history) enables one to look at events in national history from a broad variety of perspectives.

Why would you recommend this course to others?
The reasonable course fees, the interesting modules and the approachability of staff.

 

Aoife O’Carroll | Secondary Teacher

Why did you choose Carlow College for your studies?
It was the Masters course that was provided which made me pick the college. Also when I watched the information Zoom lecture by the lecturers last year it really made up my mind. The lecturers really sold it to me and got rid of any doubts I had over starting the course.

What do you like most about the M.A. in Irish Regional History?
I am learning so much more than I thought I ever would plus it has open so many other areas of history that I never thought about before or was aware of.

The lecturers are very welcoming and helpful. The people in the library have been so helpful also and everyone is very friendly in the college.

Why would you recommend this course to others?
It is a safe environment to learn and feels a special place which is full of history. Everyone helps each other.

Entry Requirements  

  • Hold a primary degree (Level 8) awarded at Second-Class Honours, Grade 2 (or equivalent)* 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must be able to provide evidence that their spoken and written level of English is adequate for successful participation in the programme 

 

*Applicants who hold a degree at Level 8 with an award of pass or who hold a degree at Level 7 (or equivalent) may be considered with evidence of relevant career practice for a minimum period of three years or a portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies. 

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 substantial portfolio of publication in historical or cognate studies.  

Fees

Course fees are €1,125 per semester (€3,375 in total)

More information on fees is available here

Application Closing Date

Applications have closed for 2022/23 and will reopen in January 2023 for the 2023/24 academic year.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Regional History
is validated by the South East Technological University.

Course Contact

Dr Elaine Callinan

Programme Director

T: 059 9153249

E: ecallinan@carlowcollege.ie