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We offer a Taught MA in History programme - have a look at our flyer.

You will find further information here as well as details of our taught MA in Local History programme and our research MA and PhD degrees.

For information on MIC's Research and Graduate School, have a look here.

If you have questions, please contact Dr Liam Chambers or (for the taught MA in History programme) Dr Una Bromell. Contact details are available here.

Welcome to the website of the Department of History.

History has been taught at Mary Immaculate College since the first classes commenced in 1901 and the Department, which was created in 1974, is the oldest of its kind in the region. The Department currently provides undergraduate degree courses to B.A. (Liberal Arts) and B.Ed. (Primary Level Teaching) degrees. Each year we welcome students from North America, Europe and Australia who study at MIC as part of our international student exchange programmes. We also encourage our own students to avail of study abroad opportunities. The Department has strong links with institutions in the United States, Great Britain, Denmark and elsewhere.

The Department offers a taught M.A. degree in History and (in conjunction with our colleagues at the University of Limerick) a taught M.A. degree in Local History. The Department also supervises research postgraduate students at M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Former and current postgraduate research students have attracted funding from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (now the Irish Research Council) and from MIC award schemes.

The Department is strongly committed to on-going research and publication projects. Faculty have particular research strengths in Irish and Irish American history, encompassing political, social, cultural, gender, religious, diplomatic and intellectual history among others. The Department also puts a strong emphasis - both in teaching and research - on the importance of British, continental European, American and world history. The Department is home to the pioneering Oral History Centre, directed by Dr Maura Cronin, which holds a unique collection of more than 3,000 interviews on twentieth century Irish social and cultural history. Faculty members are active in national academic bodies, including the Irish Manuscripts Commission, the Irish Committee for Historical Sciences, the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, the Eighteenth Century Ireland Society, the Oral History Network of Ireland, the Irish History Students Association and the Irish Association for Professional Historians. The Department runs regular research seminars and hosts major academic conferences. The Department is also committed to 'community history' and over the years has forged close links with cultural bodies and local history groups in Limerick, the mid-west and beyond.

We provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which all of our students have the opportunity to develop. We are always happy to respond to queries and receive feedback, so please feel free to contact us.  

Dr Liam Chambers
Head of the Department of History
E-mail: liam.chambers@mic.ul.ie



Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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