Entry Points (2016)

Course Overview

History is about the study and interpretation of past events and their significance for understanding ourselves and our contemporary world. The BA in History is a single honours or denominated degree, which means that students take only History for second year and for the final year of the programme.

In first year, students follow the BA (Omnibus) programme, combining History with two other subjects. You should choose these subjects carefully. Consider taking subjects that complement History, for example, a language, or a subject such as English, Classics or Archaeology, which will prove useful in providing you with reading sources, collating facts and developing a good writing style.

In the second and final years of the programme, a more specialized focus on historical subjects is provided. A range of modules relating to Ireland, Europe, America and the wider world is provided, with most available in both Irish and English. Teaching is in a mixture of small groups, lecture classes and seminars. In final year, a research dissertation based on primary sources is required.

Between second year and third year, students may elect to do a year abroad on the Erasmus programme.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

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

Additional Requirements


3 years (4 if student spends a year on Erasmus abroad)

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2016)

CCC or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

  • War and Society in the time of the Great War
  • War and Society in the Age of the French Revolution (with special tutorial for BA in History students)
  • Weekend field trip to continental historical site


Year 2

  • Colloquia (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.


Year 3

  • Dissertation (research project)
  • Seminar (special subject small group module)
  • Choose lectures from:
    • Ancient
    • Medieval
    • Early Modern
    • Modern
  • History students have a wide range of choices within these areas.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The BA in History is a qualification well suited to a range of career paths and an avenue to further training of a more vocational nature. It provides an excellent foundation for careers in public administration, journalism, teaching and education, libraries, community work, heritage, management, industrial relations, the civil service and government, development agencies and various international organisations. For those considering an academic career in History, this programme provides particular advantages and attractions.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 (0)91 493958
F 353 (0)91 495508
E collegearts@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Pádraig de Brún |   BA (History)

As a mature student any doubts about returning to university life simply evaporated in the welcoming atmosphere on NUI Galway campus. Friends were easily made and the staff were solicitous and helpful. The History Department excelled in their First Year syllabus. It seamlessly combined the Irish and European experiences in The Age of the Great War (Semester 1) and The Age of the French Revolution (Semester 2) to provide comprehensive analyses of the respective periods.