The M.A. in History at NUI Galway appealed to me for a variety of reasons. For an American student, it was cost-affordable, but I also enjoyed the fact that there were several specific routes that I could take within the programme such as transnational history and local and regional history.  I was able to learn about a variety of types of history and historical writing while also developing my interest in childhood and gender studies. We were instructed by members of the history staff, as well as lecturers from other areas, with each instructor offering us a new perspective. The lecturers were constantly available to offer advice and the weekly seminars allowed for us to witness upcoming research publications and network within the historical community.

For my dissertation, I delved into the archives at the local county council and learned with absolute certainty that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. The M.A. programme gave me the focus and momentum needed to continue my research to doctoral level, and I am now an IRC funded PhD student at NUI Galway.

Jamie Canavan, MA History