International History (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time (EU and non-EU students) / 2 years part-time (EU/UK/EEA students only)
15 Places


Course Overview

The M. Phil in International History offers students the chance to pursue historical research outside the bounds of the nation state. The programme allows students to immerse themselves in the questions of the past, develop research skills, study foreign languages, and become familiar with scholarship in the fields of transnational, comparative, and global history. Students can choose courses from geographic specialties in modern history, including European, Irish, Chinese, US, and environmental history. Topics of interest could include the movement of culture, people, ideas, or trade across national borders, or issues such as imperialism, globalization, transnational social movements, and the history of war and conflict.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is aimed at students interested in learning about global events, cultures, and relationships between different nations through time. This subject is perfect for those who want to gain a better understanding of the world, its many cultures, and the various political, economic, and social forces that have shaped the modern world. Applicants are encouraged to have a background in history and interest in exploring the field of history from a diversity of national and international perspectives.

Career Opportunities

The M.Phil.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, and the media. It also provides invaluable training in research for those planning to pursue a doctorate and / or career in research.

Course Structure

Taken as a full-time course, the M.Phil. lasts for 12 months starting in September. Teaching will be spread over two terms, beginning in September and concluding the following April. EU/UK/EEA students can also take the course on a part-time basis over two years.

An M.Phil. degree within the School of Histories and Humanities consists of 90 ECTS.

Course Content

The course consists of seven modules.

The first is a mandatory module, International History: Methods and Themes. This is a year-long module that will introduce you to the frameworks and approaches historians have developed to understand international and transnational history. The second mandatory module is the International History Research Seminar, a year-long module in which students participate in bi-weekly lectures by guest speakers who are leaders in their field.

Students can then select three elective modules which, depending on the availability of staff, are offered in a range of specialties (continental European, Irish, Chinese, US, and environmental history) and study a foreign language or complete an additional seminar on international history methods.

The final requirement is the dissertation, a research project students will develop on a topic in international history that will be supervised by a member of staff.

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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.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

15 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr Patrick Houlihan

Closing Date

31st May 2024

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Admission Requirements

Preferred applicants will have an undergraduate study background in history and interest in exploring the field of history from a diversity of national and international perspectives.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 896 1020

Dr Molly Pucci(course coordinator):


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The course is largely team-taught and we have access to several professors in the department for each class; this opportunity to interact with more professors and learn about each of their specialities has been invaluable.

Mollie Kramer