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Mary Immaculate College

Limerick , Limerick ,Ireland

M.A. in History

The one-year taught Master of Arts in History provides an opportunity for students to develop their abilities at postgraduate level, through a mix of taught modules, participation in a dynamic research seminar and completion of a research dissertation.

The programme, running from September to July, is delivered entirely by full-time faculty in the MIC Department of History. It consists of six taught modules in history and 20,000 word dissertation. Teaching takes place in small, supportive groups where discussion and debate are encouraged.  

Modules are taught on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the autumn and spring semesters, with classes from 4-7pm. All modules are assessed by means of continuous assessment. The dissertation is normally due in August.

The programme is also available in part-time (two years) and flexible part-time (over a maximum of three years) options.

MA in History programme is 'hugely engaging'
MA in History graduate, Triona Waters, enthused: "The MA in History at MIC was an incredibly engaging and fulfilling degree to undertake. It consisted of a wide variety of interesting modules where the lectures facilitated weekly class discussions based on the materials that were being studied. Engaging in these classes, as well as the monthly seminars offered by the History Departments at MIC and University of Limerick, encouraged me to develop my critical thinking which greatly improved my analytical and qualitative research skills.

Whilst the module assignments strongly developed my understanding of the subject matter, the thesis allowed me to pursue my own areas of interest. This programme provided a strong framework for those interested in pursuing academic careers and so, my decision to do a PhD in Psychiatric History at MIC was strongly based on my MA in History experience."  

MA in History provided a ‘new beginning’ for graduate
Winnie Davern retired from working in the health service after 30+ years and "was searching for a ‘new beginning’ and indeed I found this in the MA in History at MIC". 

"The combination of taught modules, varied research seminars, field trips to archival repositories and the research thesis meant that this academic programme was both an engaging and challenging experience. The lecturers were encouraging and supportive and the small class size ensured that there was plenty of lively debate and captivating exchanges.  

My thesis centred on a private collection of correspondence written by my grandparents between 1917 and 1919. I had always wanted to explore what these narratives could reveal about life in the early twentieth century. The invaluable guidance, assistance and support I received from my supervisor empowered me to critically analyse and assess the inherent complexities of these primary source documents.

For me the MA in History at MIC was a fascinating and rewarding journey of discovery."

Campus Information

Limerick Campus


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Mary Immaculate College is an autonomous, university-level, Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts. Founded in 1898, and linked academically with the University of Limerick, MIC is the oldest higher education institution in Limerick.

Significant expansion in recent decades has seen the College’s menu of educational programmes expand across two impressive campuses, one based in the heart of Limerick City and one in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The diverse student community is made up of more than 5,000 learners, participating in twelve undergraduate degree programmes and a wide range of postgraduate programmes up to and including doctoral level. Academic staff members engage in professional academic research activities, and research underpins all teaching and learning at the College.  

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Postgraduate (Taught) Entry Requirements

A four-year or three-year honours degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised university. First-division results are required with a minimum overall grade of 60%*.
Particular programmes may require an interview and/or work experience.
Indian students must provide full transcripts/full marks sheets of each academic year. A consolidated marks sheet is not sufficient as a standalone.  

Matriculation Examinations
From European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved.
Irish Leaving Certificate English
Ordinary Level Grade D or above
580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)
Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6.0 in any component.
*Please note, we can only accept Academic IELTS (or equivalent TOEFL/Duolingo). General IELTS will not be accepted.
ETAPP (English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes): Grade C1
GCE ‘O’ Level English Language/ GCSE English Language: Grade C or above
University of Cambridge ESOL
Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English - Grade B
GCE Examination Boards
Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations - Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate - School Certificate Pass 1-6.
University of London
Entrance and School Examinations Council - School Certificate Pass 1-6.
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic
A minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59).
Duolingo English Test (DET)
The minimum score of 110 with no less than 100 in any component. An interview may also be required in conjunction with this test for certain programmes.
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.
If students do not meet the English language requirements above, there are a range of short-term English language programmes offered at MIC.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 9300 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 10500 EUR
    Application Fee: 50 EUR
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