Course Overview

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West will introduce you to a wide range of evidence on the lives of individuals and communities in the past.  It incorporates history, heritage, landscape and agriculture studies, museum studies and folklore to help students better understand both the past and the present and the continuum between the two.  It will broaden and deepen students’ intellectual and scholarly experience, and build their academic skills and confidence.  Innovative teaching and learning strategies, including fieldwork and site visits, will observe the principles of adult learning and the lifelong learning process.

On completion of the programme, students will have:

  • The ability to engage in contemporary historiographical discourse
  • A specialist knowledge of a select number of substantive heritage themes
  • The competency to identify, locate, evaluate and analyse primary and secondary sources
  • A capacity to conduct significant independent research 

Applications and Selections

Complete and submit the MA (Historical and Heritage Studies of the North West) Application Form 2022

Mary Kearns,
School of Education,
St Angela’s College,
Lough Gill,
Co Sligo

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 21st June 2022 (late applications may be considered)


Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

A primary degree (min H2:2) or evidence of equivalent academic achievement. 

Applicants without the above but with relevant personal / professional experience will also be considered for admission and invited for interview.

Additional Requirements


2 Years (part-time)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

21st June 2022

NFQ level

Level 9

Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Master of Arts
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
Postgraduate Certificate


Course code

Course Outline

The MA in Historical & Heritage Studies of the North West (MA HHS) is a postgraduate qualification based on a progressive system from Postgraduate Certificate (30 ECTS- European Credit Transfer System), Postgraduate Diploma (60 ECTS) and Master of Arts (90 ECTS) accredited by NUI Galway.

Each module includes student contact time (weekend sessions), directed study, independent and e-learning study giving a total participant effort of at least 200 hours for each 10 ECTS module.  For the e-learning component of the programme, students obtain access to materials and resources through the St Angela’s College, Sligo e-learning platform Moodle. Students are also expected to participate in online discussions of course content at specified times and may find the e-learning platform is a beneficial way to facilitate peer support from fellow students.

Postgraduate Certificate Structure:
Module CodeModule TitleSemesterECTS
HH1 Concepts, Sources, Methods in Historical Studies 1 10
HH2 Local History 1 10
HH3 History of Irish Agriculture 2 10
Total Credits for Postgraduate Certificate = 30
Year 1 Postgraduate Diploma Structure
Module CodeModule TitleSemesterECTS
HH1 Concepts, Sources, Methods in Historical Studies 1 10
HH2 Local History 1 10
HH3 History of Irish Agriculture 2 10
HH4 C20th Ireland 2 10
HH5 Preserving the Past 2 5
Total Credits for Year 1 (PG Diploma) = 45
Year 2 Postgraduate Diploma Structure
Module CodeModule TitleSemesterECTS
ARM Advanced Research Methods 1 15
Total Credits for Year 2 (PG Diploma) = 15
Total Credits for Postgraduate Diploma = 60
Year 2 MA Programme Structure
Module CodeModule TitleSemesterECTS
ARM Advanced Research Methods 1 15
DM Dissertation 2 30
Total Credits for Year 2 (MA) = 45
Total Credits for Master of Arts = 90

Further Education

Graduates of this programme are well placed to pursue doctoral studies in related areas.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Opportunities will exist in the heritage industry (museums, heritage centres and organisations, tourism agencies and enterprises), lecturing, rural development, research, archives and libraries, among other areas.

Who’s Suited to This Course

It will be of interest to anyone currently practicing history or aspiring to practice history in the public domain, especially in the heritage sector, public institutions, museums, libraries, archives and schools. It will also appeal to graduates and teachers seeking continuing professional development opportunities and those who have completed study in a related field. The transferable nature of the skills acquired will be valuable to people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,000 or €3,000 per year

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU


Fees can be paid securely through our Online Payment Facility

Find out More

Ms Mary Kearns
Senior Administrator
School of Education
St. Angela's College, Sligo
T: +353(0)71 9195550