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M. Phil. in International History

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Course Handbook

The M. Phil in international history offers students the chance to pursue historical research outside the bounds of the nation state. The program 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 a variety of geographic specialties in modern history, especially including European, Irish, Chinese, U.S., 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.

The course consists of six modules. The two mandatory modules include a year-long, core module on International History: Methods and Themes and an International History Research Seminar in which students will hear guest speakers who are leaders in their field. Two elective modules can be selected from a wide range of specialties, including continental European, Irish, Chinese, U.S., and environmental history. For their fifth module, students can, depending on the availability of staff, choose either a foreign language (from French, Spanish, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, or Chinese) 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 course is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in research questions in preparation for a PhD, undertake or deepen study of foreign languages and cultures, develop new areas of interest, or understand the historical roots of current international events for careers in journalism, government service, or NGOs. The capstone project is the dissertation, an independent research project developed together with a supervisor.

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Applications should be made online through Up to date information on fees is provided on the Academic Registry website.

Awards and Studentships

All applicants will automatically be considered for the following awards:

  1. The Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship, with a value of 3000 euro, is usually offered to a student in any of the School's MPhil programmes (to be confirmed for 2022-23).
  2. The School of Histories and Humanities also offers one bursary of 1000 euro, to be deducted from the course fees, for each of its MPhil programmes.

Awards will be made on academic merit. All completed applications with an unconditional offer by the deadline of June 30th will be considered.