History is a vibrant and research-active department with a wide variety of areas of expertise as listed below. We welcome applications for study towards research degrees from candidates with suitable qualifications and specialist interests related to those of our staff. To achieve a M.Litt., students must submit a piece of original research on a historical theme amounting to approximately 40,000 words.

Important note for MLitt research degree prospective students
Graduates wishing to pursue the research degree of MLitt may do so for the purposes of a stand-alone award. It is not a progression route to a PhD degree. Therefore, students registered for the MLitt research degree have no automatic transfer opportunity to a PhD programme. However, students on PhD research have the possibility to exit their programme early with an MLitt providing that they have satisfied the requirements for that award.

How to Apply

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Before applying, we strongly urge prospective applicants to complete a preliminary proposal and/or discuss their plans with the Director of Graduate Studies Dr Tomás Finn tomas.finn@universityofgalway.ie 

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).

Course Fees

Fees: EU
€5,890 (tuition €5,750 + student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU
€14,440 p.a. 2023/24

Extra Information
EU Part time: Year 1 €3,990 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140. 

Further information on Fees can be found here.


Dr. Tomás Finn
Director of Graduate Studies
Discipline of History
T: +353 91 492552
E: tomas.finn@universityofgalway.ie 

Useful Links

Guidelines on Thesis Submission 

Guide for new and returning Postgraduate Research Students 

University guidelines, regulations and forms for research degrees