The M. Phil course in International History offers students the chance to pursue historical research outside the boundaries of the nation state. Students will be trained in transnational, comparative, and international approaches to history and have the opportunity to study foreign languages, cultures, and societies. Possible topics of focus include the movement of culture, people, and ideas across national boundaries and issues such as imperialism, globalization, social movements, and the roots of international war and conflict. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to reflect on the historical roots of current issues that cross national boundaries such as the refugee crisis, the spread of radical politics, security and intelligence services, the international economy, and other critical issues to prepare for careers in areas such as global politics, NGOs, journalism, or for further postgraduate study.
The course consists of seven modules. The two mandatory modules include a year-long, core module on International History: Methods and Themes and an International History Skills Seminar. Three elective modules can be selected from a range of specialties, including continental European, Irish, Chinese, U.S., and environmental history. For their fifth module, students can choose either a foreign language or an additional module in International History Methods. The final module is the capstone project, a dissertation based on independent research on a topic in international history, individually supervised by a member of staff.
The MPhil helps prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers including in the museum and heritage sectors, politics, libraries and archives, public policy and administration, teaching, media. It also provides invaluable training in research for those planning to pursue a doctorate and/or career in research.
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Study International History (M.Phil.) at Trinity
Introduction to the programme MPhil and P.Grad.Dip in International History by Dr. Patrick Houlihan of the History Department at Trinity College Dublin
Number of Places15 Places
Dr. Beatrice Scutaru
31st May 2023
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