Program Introduction

The M.Phil in Public History and Cultural Heritage was established in 2011-12, and is the longest running public history graduate programme on the island of Ireland. It is a specific stand-alone Master’s degree, with both full-time and part-time streams. We link into a broad range of cultural institutions in Ireland, and some of the taught elements of our courses are team taught with leading practitioners. We cap student intake at 15 per year.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. in Public History

Program Strengths

  • Archival Practices
  • Historical Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • Local/Community History
  • Museum Studies
  • Oral History

Credit Hour Requirements


How Many Students are Admitted Annually


MAs produced last year


Financial Aid Available

A number of internally awarded scholarships are available. In the past students have also received Fulbright Scholarships and are also eligible for Irish Research Council funding.

Deadline To Apply

31 May

Internship Requirements

Internships are arranged between the student, partner organisations and the Director of the programme. 40 Credit hours are required to complete the internship. Typically internships are not paid but are part of regular coursework.

Places Where Students Have Interned During the Past 3 Years

  • Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
  • Irish Film Institute
  • Century Ireland
  • Beyond 2022
  • Douglas Hyde Gallery
  • Edward Worth Library
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublin City Libraries and Archives
  • 14 Henrietta Street Tenement Museum

Employers Who Have Hired Graduates from this Program within the Past Five Years

  • Century Ireland
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • History Hit
  • RTE
  • NY Tenement Museum
  • Goldring / Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL)
  • Irish Film Institute