Course Overview

The study of history deepens and enriches our understanding of the world in which we live. It does this though analysing people and society in the past and how that past shapes the present.

 History is also the study of change - change from one type of society to another, from one way of thinking to another. This cultivates a flexibility of thought and an ability to adapt to new circumstances and ideas.

The history modules take a broad approach. They

-          cover a range of periods from the Middle Ages to the present

-          look at the historical experience of Ireland, Europe and the world

-          examine major themes in human development

-          analyse the processes of social and cultural change

-          identify crucial turning points in Irish and world history

Applications and Selections

Applications are now closed for 2017. Online applications will reopen in April 2018.



Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

All modules in the Diploma are individually assessed. Modules are assessed by a combination of written assignments, online activities and extended essays.

This is a two-year, part-time programme. This course is delivered by blended learning, with online content as well as (8) monthly Saturday workshops throughout the academic year.

Basic computer skills will be an advantage. E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's online learning environment are in use throughout the course.

All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information:

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.


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


2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

8-September 2017

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting





PAC code

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.

The following modules are offered:

Year 1

  • Reform, Revolt and Revolution in Early Modern Europe
  • Europe in the Ages of the French Revolution
  • Ireland: A Social and Cultural History, 1850-Present

 Year 2

  • Medieval Ireland from the 5th to the 9th Century
  • Politics and Revolution in Ireland, 1905-1921
  • Technology and Society, 1750 - 1930

Further Education

Students of the course may progress to the part-time BA programme.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course would benefit those who work in a related area.


Who’s Suited to This Course

The Diploma in History is suitable for anyone who is interested in enhancing their historical understanding of Ireland, Europe and the world. It offers an introduction to a variety of time periods and thematic topics, exploring the historical roots of the present.

In practical terms, people working in heritage centres and the tourism industry, who may require knowledge of history and cultural issues in their working lives, would benefit from this course.

Equally, it may be of interest to teachers, primary and secondary, who wish to refresh their knowledge of history for classroom teaching.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€970 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€1,470 p.a.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

 Catherine Geraghty

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Tel: 091 492144
Fax: 091 525051

Access the Student Launchpad for course outlines, timetables etc.


What Our Students Say




Tom Randles |   Past Student

The NUIG Diploma in History was a really enjoyable and enriching experience. Modules 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 discipline and all were approachable and helpful. The option to complete a continuous assessment essay instead of an exam, took the pressure off ‘mature’ students not too keen on exams at this stage of our careers! The local history project assignment was a particular highlight for me.