Diploma in History

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies

Course overview

The Diploma in History seeks to analyse and explain the development of human society over time. The history modules are very broad, covering a range of chronological periods; the historical experience of different countries, major themes in human society and the processes of cultural change. The Diploma aims to introduce students to the nature of historical knowledge, the key role of history in shaping social and political attitudes, the significance of history in building our perceptions of ourselves and others, major historiographical controversies and debates, along with recent advances and changes in the study of history.


Who is this course intended for?

The Diploma will appeal to those with a keen interest in history and the historical developments of the past, over a number of centuries, from the perspective of different countries. It will also be of interest to those working within heritage centres and the tourism industry, who may require a knowledge of history and cultural issues in their working lives. Equally, it may be of interest to teachers, both primary and secondary, who wish to refresh their knowledge of history for classroom teaching.

Key facts

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the Diploma in History. Candidates who are 21 years or over on or before January 1 st of year of entry may gain entry to the programme on the basis of mature years. Candidates under 21 years should meet the minimum matriculation requirements as outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Additional requirements


Duration: 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 30

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Summer 2015

NFQ level: 7

Mode of study: Classroom-based

Course outline

The programme modules focus on specific periods in history. There are six modules on offer within the diploma structure. Students are required to complete three modules each year.  The programme introduces some new approaches to history and also introduces a number of key themes and concepts in history including revisionism, oral history, gender history, war and society.


Modules are offered subject to availability and are selected from the following list:

  • Post-Famine Ireland, 1850-1920
  • Europe, 1300-1450: Creative Responses to Catastrophe
  • Ireland in the Age of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • The Third Reich
  • St. Patrick & the Coming of Christianity to Ireland
  • A History of Science, 1543-1945
  • The Practice of Local History
  • Classical Greek History 500-323BC

Applications and selections

The next commencement date for the Diploma in History is September 2015, online applications are not available at this time.


Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie


Requirements and assessment

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. The assessment for each module takes the form of essays, written assignments or presentations during the semester and a written examination at the end of the semester.


This is a two-year, part-time programme. Classes are held one evening per week.

Find out more

Maria McHugh

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development

NUI Galway, Nuns' Island

T: 091 492144
F: 091 525051
E: maria.mchugh@nuigalway.ie



Fees for this course

EU (Total): €970 per year
Non-EU (Total): €1,470 per year

 Fees for all Adult Learning and Professional Development courses

Current students

Tom Randles

The NUIG evening Diploma in History, which I completed in 2010, was a really enjoyable and enriching experience. The modules were varied, from the classical Greek period to modern Irish economic history, right up to the Celtic Tiger period. We had the top lecturers from the department and all were approachable and helpful. The essay option, as the focus for continuous assessment, took the pressure off for those of us not too keen on exams at this stage of our careers! The local history project assignment was a particular highlight for me.