PG Certificate / Diploma/ Master in Arts: Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West

Category: Educational Courses, Heritage and Folklore, Masters Programmes
Duration: 2 years part-time
Level: 9
Credit: Various exit routes please see details below
Start Date: September 2019
Qualification Required: Primary Degree or equivalent academic qualification/ Recognition for prior learning and experience
Qualification Attained: Master's Degree


The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West will focus on the lives of ordinary people in the past and the heritage we have inherited. It incorporates history, heritage, landscape and agriculture studies, museum studies and folklore to help students better understand both the past and the present and the continuum between the two. It will broaden and deepen students’ intellectual and scholarly experience, and build their academic skills and confidence. Innovative teaching and learning strategies, including fieldwork and site visits, will observe the principles of adult learning and the lifelong learning process.

On completion of the programme, students will have:

  • The ability to engage in contemporary historiographical discourse
  • A specialist knowledge of a select number of substantive heritage themes
  • The competency to identify, locate, evaluate and analyse primary and secondary sources
  • A capacity to conduct significant independent research 




Year 1

• Concepts, Sources & Methods in Historical Studies (10 ECTS)

• Local History (10 ECTS)

• The Irish Land (10 ECTS)

• Ireland in the 20th Century (10 ECTS)

• Preserving the Past (5 ECTS)


Year 2

• Advanced Research Methods (15 ECTS)

• Dissertation (30 ECTS)


Classes run on Friday nights, 6-9pm, and Saturdays, 9am-5pm

Year 1

Module Title Lecturer Dates & Location
Concepts, sources & methods in Historical Studies Dr John O'Callaghan

Friday 20 September & Saturday 21 September [Éist Linn 2]


Saturday 5 October [ST2]


Saturday 2 November [Lecture Room 4]

Local History Dr John O'Callaghan

Friday 4 October [Lecture Room 4]

Friday 1 November [Lecture Room 4]

Friday 15 November & Saturday 16 November [Lecture Room 4]

Ireland in the 20th Century Dr John O'Callaghan

Friday 10 January & Saturday 11 January

Friday 7 & Saturday 8 February 

The Irish Land Mr John Kerrigan

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 March 

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April 

Preserving the Past Dr Pádraig Deignan


Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May


 Year 2

Semester 1 

September – December 2020

Advanced Research Methods – 15 ECTS

Successful completion of Advanced Research Methods in autumn 2020 (along with modules in Year 1) satisfies the requirements for a Postgraduate Diploma.


Semester 2 

January – July 2021

Master of Arts Dissertation  – 30 ECTS

No formal weekend sessions. Students complete dissertation under supervision of faculty member

Dissertation submission date (for 2021 graduation): July 2021 

Successful examination of the Dissertation in 2021 satisfies the requirements for a Master of Arts.


Progression route

Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules, 30 ECTS); Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules, 60 ECTS); Master's Degree: (6 modules, 90 ECTS)


Who is this course for?

It will be of interest to anyone currently practicing history or aspiring to practice history in the public domain, especially in the heritage sector, public institutions, museums, libraries, archives and schools. It will also appeal to graduates and teachers seeking continuing professional development opportunities and those who have completed study in a related field. The transferable nature of the skills acquired will be valuable to people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. 


What are the entry requirements?

• A primary degree (min H2:2) or evidence of equivalent academic achievement

• Applicants without the above but with relevant personal / professional experience will also be considered for admission and invited for interview


What are the future prospects for students graduating from this programme?

Opportunities will exist in the heritage industry (museums, heritage centres and organisations, tourism agencies and enterprises), lecturing, rural development, research, archives and libraries, among other areas. 


Programme Applications:

To maximise the benefit of the programme to participants, the intake is restricted to 20 students. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Closing Date for Applications: 1 September 2019


How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below - see link under 'tutor profiles' - or you can print  the application form and follow the payment option below. Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order for €40 (non-refundable application fee) made payable to St. Angela’s College. We also require a passport size photo and a copy of academic transcripts if relevant.


Programme Accreditation 

National University of Ireland, Galway - NUI Galway (Level 9)


Course Fees:

EU €5,840 (including the €40 registration fee which is to be paid before registration)

€2,900 per year which must be paid in two equal instalments. The first instalment is due by 31 October and the second is due by 31 January.

This fee is subject to a yearly review



Payments are processed through the Finance Department. Payments can be made by direct transfer to the College Bank Account, by cheque/postal order or by credit card over the phone with finance at 071-9195524.

The College Bank Account details are available here -







T: 071 9135628


Tutor Profiles

  1. Dr John O'Callaghan, Programme Director MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West; Diploma in Folklore and Heritage Studies of the North West
    Dr John O'Callaghan, Programme Director MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West; Diploma in Folklore and Heritage Studies of the North West View full profile here...
  2. John Kerrigan, Module Leader MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West
    Originally from Northwest County Galway John obtained a BA Degree in Heritage Studies from GMIT in 2006 and a Master in Folklore and Ethnology from UCC in 2008. View full profile here...
  3. Dr Brendan Scott Module Leader MA in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West
    Brendan lectures on the module Preserving the Past. This module combines the practise and theory of working at cultural heritage sites such as museums, exhibition practise, exploring and harnessing heritage, working with the public and policies of inclusiveness. View full profile here...
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Description Price ...
Application Fee € 40.00
Installment 1 € 980.00
Installment 2 € 960.00
Installment 3 € 960.00

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