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Graduate School at UL

History of the Family (FT/PT) MA

Application Process is Open for the 2013/14 Academic Year Frequently asked Questions Apply Online


This is a one year full-time or two year part-time programme central purpose of the MA in the History of the Family is to combine the strengths of two traditions: that of the independent researcher into family history and that of established disciplines in history particularly the well developed sub discipline of the history of the family. The objective is a history that is fully contextualised, culturally significant and academically grounded.


  • To provide those interested in the history of the family with an opportunity to obtain formal training in the methodologies and concepts of the history of the family.
  • To contribute to and support each student's personal quest for intellectual and moral autonomy

Programme Content

Semester 1 
Introduction to the history of the family, Sources and techniques in the history of the family, Linking families to communities.

Semester 2 
People on the move: studying migration, Research Seminar in the history of the family, Dissertation I, Dissertation II.


This programme will equip students with the necessary skills for careers in the heritage, archival or library sectors as well as careers in higher education and teaching in primary and post-primary schools.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants should have a primary degree with at least second-class honours, in a relevant discipline such as history, archaeology, geography, or Irish Studies (Primary degree: level 8 NQAI).

Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications who have substantial experience in the History of Family (such as appropriate publications), or relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission. 

Application Fee

An application fee will apply from January 2011 to all postgraduate programmes.  Please see Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the application fee.

Tuition Fee

The University recognises that many students are experiencing serious financial constraints in the present economic climate. Accordingly the Fees Office will endeavour to accommodate, where possible, the payment of fees via an agreed instalment payment plan. For further details please contact the Fees Office at  Click here for details on the fee schedule.

Contact Details

Course Director: Dr Ciara Breathnach
Tel : 353 061 213166


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