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.

Applications and Selections

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The closing date is 4-August 2017
Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.
A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

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 monthly weekend 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:

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

4-August 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 in year 1 of the course:

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


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 will be of benefit to those who are working in the area of heritage and tourism or for those requiring a knowledge of history and cultural issues for their workplace.  The course content and analytical skills developed provide a good preparation for a career as an archivist, librarian or historian. 

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

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 or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Form CALPD 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.