Course Overview

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

Programmes Available

MLitt (History), full-time
MLitt (History), part-time

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


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

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).

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

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Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

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.

Prof. 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. Alison Forrestal: early Modern Europe, particularly 17thcentury France; history of religion, particularly early modern Catholic culture and society; 17th-century Ireland.

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. Kevin O Sullivan: The history of decolonisation; social and political legacies of imperialism; humanitarianism; non-governmental organisations; globalisation; international

Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh:  Established Professor of European History. His research stretches across history, literature and politics in a German-Jewish-Irish triangle.  

Dr Laurence Marley: Anglo-Irish relations; Ireland's place in the British empire in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; micro-history  

Dr Tomás Finn: Modern Ireland, Irish politics, role of intellectuals, civil society, Church-state relations, public policy, the Irish Diaspora and Northern Ireland. 

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

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

Contact Us

Ms Helena Condon  
T +353 91 492 537