UCC Postgraduate courses

History - Local History

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    History - Local History

  • Code

  • College

    Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    2 Years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    MA

  • EU Fees

    €2,430 (Year 1); €2,430 (Year 2)
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees

    €6,630

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants will have a Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) or a cognate subject, or its equivalent. See Requirements for full details.

  • Start Date

    Not on offer 2023/2024

Course Outline

The taught component (Part I) will provide a practical guide to the writing of Irish Local History, discussing the most effective use of the main sources (both public and private records, from the thirteenth century to the twentieth) from a historical perspective. Particular attention will be devoted to the historiographical dimension of research and to the changing relationship between local and national history.

Programme Outline

The programme addresses the following:

Semester 1:  Sources for Irish Local History

Course Introduction

  • UCC Archives and Library Holdings
  • Cork City and County Archives and Library Holdings
  • Digital History
  • Medieval Irish History
  • Early Modern Irish History
  • 18th Century Irish History
  • 19th Century Irish History
  • Irish Economic History
  • Digital Data Bases
  • Irish Labour/Social History

Semester 2: 

  • Cork A Case Study

Programme Requirements 
In Part I, Year I students take taught modules to the value of 30 credits. Students will also undertake work on the dissertation to the value of 15 credits during Year 1 which meets the satisfaction of the Programme Board. In Part II, Year 2 students complete a research dissertation of 25,000-30,000 words to the value of 60 credits.

Students take 90 credits as follows:

Part I - Year 1

  • HI6028 Independent Research I (5 credits)
  • HI6029 Independent Research II (5 credits)
  • HI6030 Perspectives on Local Cork History (10 credits)
  • HI6031 Local History Research: Sources and Methods (10 credits)

Part II - Year 2

  • HI6027 Research Dissertation (60 credits)

Postgraduate Academic Calendar: Programme Requirements

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The part-time option will be taught during evening hours over 2 years.

Coursework consists of a taught component of weekly evening lectures (Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30 p.m) and seminars in Year I.

The taught component will consist of lectures specially tailored to provide a practical guide to the writing of Irish Local History, indicating the main sources, their location and how best they might be exploited. Methodological issues will be discussed in order to help the student avoid the potential pitfalls associated with the interpretation and presentation of local history.

Evaluation is by a 5,000-word essay and continuous assessment in Part I, to be completed by 1 June in year one and a 25,000-30,000 word dissertation on an approved topic in Part II must be submitted by the end of year 2.

Requirements

A Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in History or a cognate subject, or its equivalent.

Candidates with relevant experience in local historical studies (e.g. membership of local historical societies and/or heritage groups, publications, etc.) are also invited to apply.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Please visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €2,430 (Year 1); €2,430 (Year 2).

The Non-EU fee for this course is €6,630.

Deposits

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Check Dates: Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

  • For Irish and EU applicants we operate a rounds system and you can check the rounds closing dates here.
  • Note that not all our programmes are subject to the rounds system so check the opening and closing dates for your specific programme in the fact file boxes above.

2. Gather Documents: Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC;
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply Online: Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following questions:

  • You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.

  • In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.

  • Briefly describe a research proposal which may form the basis of your thesis. 

Deferrals

Deferrals are not permitted on this programme

 

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