Applicants should normally have at least an upper second
class (2.1) honours Bachelor degree or equivalent (for
example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. Since places on the
course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked
to submit a writing sample for assessment.
Offers will be made on a rolling basis from January 2015.
The closing date for applications is 31st May. Should places
remain unfilled, later applications may be considered.
Applications are made online at:
Months of entry
The M.Phil. in Modern Irish History introduces well-qualified
Humanities or Social Sciences graduates to research in
modern Irish history, to the problems currently addressed
by historians and to the methods they apply to study of the
subject. Drawing on the current interests of staff, the course
is based on the rich resources of Trinity’s library and of the
adjacent Dublin libraries and archives. The course provides
opportunities for in-depth study of selected issues in modern
Irish history. It also serves as an introduction to students
wishing to pursue doctoral studies.
The course comprises three main elements. A number of
research training modules focus on the range of approaches,
technologies and resources available to researchers in
modern Irish history. In addition students take special
subject modules in each term. Topics on offer change from
year to year, but cover a range of specialised themes from
the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Some modules
concentrate on key moments or developments in Ireland’s
history, while others examine Ireland’s relationship with
the outside world, whether through emigration or through
its place in the British empire. Finally, Students write a
dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words on any
area of modern Irish history based on primary sources
and relevant scholarly writing.
Information for international students