Taught course

Early Modern History

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of Histories and Humanities

Entry requirements

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: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The M.Phil. course in Early Modern History offers well-qualified
graduates in History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences
an introduction to research in the political, social, cultural and
religious history of Ireland, Britain and Europe across the early
modern period. This one-year course (or two years part-time)
is designed to introduce students to a wide range of issues
in, and approaches to, early modern history. It also provides
students with training in research methods and skills. The
course is built around Trinity Library’s unparalleled resources
for the period from the Reformation to the French Revolution.
The course may also serve as an introduction to graduate
study for students intending to pursue doctoral studies.
The core module for this course is From Reform to Revolution:
Cultural Change and Political Conflict in Early Modern
Europe. Students also choose two major of study, one in
each term. Availability of modules alters from year to year.
Subjects recently offered include: Religious Tolerance and
Intolerance in Early Modern Europe; War and Society in Early
Modern Ireland and Europe; The War of Ideas in the English
Revolution; Gender, Identity and Authority in Eighteenth-
Century France; Renaissance Kingship. In addition, students
take modules focussed on research training and skills.
These are designed to introduce the diverse resources and
methodologies that historians encounter in their research
while also equipping students with the practical skills that are
required for the study of early modern history. The Research
Seminar in Early Modern History provides an opportunity
for invited early modernists from Ireland and elsewhere to
discuss their work with graduate students. The capstone of
the course is the independent dissertation project. Students
complete dissertations of between 15,000 and 20,000
words based on their own primary research. Each student
is assigned a supervisor who provides individual academic
guidance on their research project.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Joseph Clarke
+353-1-896 1020