Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

History is first and foremost about people, the forces that shaped their lives and the ways in which they changed their societies. Studying history makes us aware that our world today took on its current appearance less by chance than as a result of specific developments and decisions taken in the past. 

Are you curious about how the modern world came to be? Would you like to find out how past events have shaped – and continue to shape - our contemporary global world?  If so, the BA History is the programme for you. It is an innovative degree that gives coherence and depth to your learning and opportunities to develop key skills for employment.


The BA History is a four-year degree that offers you choice and flexibility in what and how you study:

  • When registering, students select one of four learning pathways to follow for their degree.
  • Students can combine their study of History (‘major’) with two other subjects (‘minors’) that complement History: Journalism and Global Media, Globalisation Studies, Political and Sociological Studies, Economics and Public Policy, Philosophy, French and Italian.
  • In year three, students will have the opportunity to complete work placements, study abroad programmes or further on-campus special studies, before returning to their final year of study.
  • These pathways will prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors, including international development, the diplomatic and civil service, NGOs, journalism, publishing, marketing and media, the heritage industry, and education.


Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

This programme is taught by academic staff from Dept. of History (School of History and Philosophy), and by staff from other subjects, depending on the pathway you follow for your degree. History staff are internationally recognised experts in their fields, and offer a range of modules in Irish, European, American and world history from the medieval to the modern periods. To learn more about History staff and their teaching and research interests, click here: http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/history-philosophy/disciplines-centres/history/staff/

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


4 years (BA Degree), 4 years (BA International)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

1 (More Info)

Closing Date
NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

First Year

On arrival in first year, BA History students select History as their core subject (major) and choose two other subjects (minors) to start on a learning pathway for their degree.



Pathway 1

Historical Studies

Pathway 2

History and Globalisation Studies

Pathway 3

History, Politics and Philosophy

Pathway 4

History (joint honours)

Year 1



20 ECTS x 2



TWO of the following:

Journalism and Global Media, Political and Sociological Studies, Philosophy, Economics and Public Policy, French, Italian



Globalisation Studies

and ONE of the following: Economics and Public Policy, French or Italian



Political Science, Sociology and Policy AND




TWO other subjects from the Arts subject groupings

Year 2



15 ECTS x 2



Two other subjects taken in first year



Globalisation Studies and the other subject taken in first year



Political Science, Sociology and Policy AND




One of the other subjects taken in first year (30 ECTS)

Year 3

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Work placement, Study Abroad or Complementary Studies

Year 4



15 ECTS x 2

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subjects

In year 4, students continue with History and their other subject


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Further Education

Completing this programme will enable you to progress to a variety of postgraduate education options, depending on the degree pathway that you choose. Popular choices among our graduates include:
MA History http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/history-philosophy/disciplines-centres/history/postgraduate-courses/ma-history/ 
MA Culture and Colonialism http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/culture-colonialism.html
MA Literature and Publishing http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/literature-publishing.html
MA Gender, Globalisation and Rights http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/gender-globalisation-rights.html
MA International Relations
MA Journalism http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/journalism.html
MA Politics and Sociology http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/ma-sociology-and-politics.html
PME in Education (for secondary school teaching) http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/education-professional-master.html
The programme also prepares students to proceed to MLitt and PhD study by research in History.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Why Choose this course?


Tailored Pathways for Study and Career


The BA History is a unique programme taught by leading experts in History and offers students choice and flexibility in what and how they study.


The pathways enable students to combine their study of History with complementary subjects, so that they will gain a range of knowledge as well as valuable skills for careers in international development, the diplomatic and civil service, NGOs, journalism, publishing, marketing and media, the heritage industry, and education.


The Third Year: Study Abroad, Placements and Special Studies


In the third year of the programme, most students will spend a semester studying abroad at an international university, on a work placement relevant to their pathway (for example, an archive, heritage centre, NGO or media company) or taking special studies in one of their subjects.


The university has international links with European universities where students can study History and their other subject(s). Adjusting to life in another country and its university system is a formative experience and students will gain skills that are desirable for many employment areas. They will be able to show independence and maturity, and to provide evidence of commitment and adaptability to future employers.


Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

History Department, School of History and Philosophy
Prof. Alison Forrestal                                                                                                                                                                  E alison.forrestal@nuigalway.ie

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 (0)91 493958

URL for School/College webpage: http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/history-philosophy/

Other Useful Links: http://www.nuigalway.ie/colleges-and-schools/arts-social-sciences-and-celtic-studies/history-philosophy/disciplines-centres/history/undergraduate-courses/ba-single-honours/


What Our Students Say


Shauna Mulligan |   BA (History)

My BA (History) was the most rewarding experience for me. If I am truly honest, I did not know what I wanted to do after my Leaving Cert and chose history because it was my favourite subject in school. The structure of the programme was great because it allowed me to choose from a wide variety of modules. This gave me a firm foundation for understanding the development and continued relevance of different historical periods and issues. I found that the most beneficial aspect of the programme was the small seminar classes, which created an environment of collaborative discussion for developing independent thought and critical analytical skills. This helped me realise that the area I am most fascinated by is the history of civil and political rights. I am now going to do an MA in History, specialising in civil and political rights, with the aim of pursuing a career in academia. But I think the programme can provide a route for many careers, in areas like international relations, publishing and education. Achieving my BA (History) was really worth-while and has definitely provided a pathway for my future – I highly recommend it.

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