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History is a vibrant and research-active department with a wide variety of areas of expertise as listed below. Research degrees at MA level are available. Students may register for a Structured PhD in History. As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules
MLitt (History), full-time
MLitt (History), part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System.
Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the head of department, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Candidates should have obtained an honours degree in History (Second Class Honours, Grade 1 [or equivalent international qualification] minimum).
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Dr. Gearóid Barry: modern and contemporary France, cultural and political history of the first world war in Europe, European pacifism between the world wars, history of religion in modern and contemporary Europe (including popular religiosity), French Catholicism since the Revolution, the origins of Christian Democracy in Europe, Franco-Irish links in the 20th century.
Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley:Nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish and British social, political, and social policy history; women and gender; institutional histories; welfare history and the history of childhood and the family in Ireland.
Dr. Caitríona Clear: history of women; social history of Ireland and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Dr. John Cunningham: modern Ireland; labour history; local history; urban history; dynamics of social protest.
Dr. Enrico Dal Lago: U.S. social and political history, especially the 19th century; American slavery in comparative perspective; native North Americans, especially the Plains Tribes.
Prof. Steven Ellis: British and Irish history, 15th to 17th century; historiography; early modern Europe.
Dr. Alison Forrestal: early Modern Europe, particularly 17thcentury France; history of religion, particularly early modern Catholic culture and society; 17th-century Ireland.
Dr. Mary Harris: Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries with particular reference to Church-State relations and Northern Ireland; Colonial Spanish America.
Dr. Róisín Healy: "Modern German and Polish history; Irish contacts with continental Europe; religion and church-state relations in central Europe; history of suicide"
Dr. Kimberly LoPrete: social, political, and cultural history of Medieval Europe, in particular the 11th-12th centuries and France; women in medieval society, notably aristocratic women; gender and lordship; the first crusade and the history of crusading; Europeans encounters with non-Europeans and travels in Asia; medieval historical writing and uses of the pastin the middle ages; manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology,and the transmission of texts.
Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin: social history of Ireland and Europe, 17th–19th century
Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: Ireland, Britain, and Europe during the early middle ages; computistics; medieval Latin palaeography; Irish traditional music and song.
Dr. Kevin O Sullivan: The history of decolonisation; social and political legacies of imperialism; humanitarianism; non-governmental organisations; globalisation; international
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EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25