Study MA History of Family online at an Irish University

The following announcement was written by the University of Limerick:

    • Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy!
    • Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family
    • Study online at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year, 2019
    • Course has been offered in online and blended format since 2005
    • Enrol now to commence study in September 2020

Enrollments are now open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

This is a unique course that offers students all over the world the chance to learn about the history of family. The MA History of Family (Online) is offered by the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year 2019. Dr Rachel Murphy, course lecturer notes: ‘Because the course is taught both online and on campus, it attracts not only students from Ireland, but also those from across the diaspora including America, Australia, Canada and the UK. This provides a really enriching environment in which to teach and learn, as students share their wide range of experiences.’

A recent graduate who completed the programme while residing in Australia had this to say about the online programme:

“The MA programme caters for individual learning and offers great support from the lecturers and the History department.  It is a stepping-stone for those wishing to pursue further academic studies but also teaches skills and experience that can be valuable in many workplace environments.” – Carmel McEvey, MA History of the Family graduate (Class of 2018/19).

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Irish history, family history or genealogy who would like to take their research a stage further and study towards a Master’s degree.

A key attraction of the course is the wide range of topics covered. These include families and migration, families and communities and Irish cultural history, as well as academic writing and advanced research skills. Students also write a dissertation based on their own research.

The course is delivered both on campus and online.  Online students interact with colleagues in Ireland through the University of Limerick’s virtual learning environment.

Dr Ciara Breathnach, course director, explains ‘We have a very diverse range of students studying on this course both on campus and online.  Some students join the course straight after finishing their undergraduate degree, but several have joined following a long break from formal study. They have often developed an interest in Irish history through researching their own families and may have done a few courses in genealogy or family history. They now feel ready to take this study further, in a more academic environment. The programme is designed to appeal to those wishing to upskill, reskill or conduct continuing professional development and is sensitive to busy lives and those working full-time’.

The course may be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

To find out more about this course, contact our course director: or visit our course homepages at:

MA History of Family (Online):

MA History of Family:

In addition, the MA History of Family team will broadcast a webinar on Monday 15 June at 1500 Irish Time (UTC +1) for those interested in learning more about the programme and the University of Limerick. Interested participants can register here to attend the webinar.

About the University of Limerick

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick, situated on the West coast of Ireland, is an independent, internationally focused university with over 15,000 students and 1,528 staff. The University offers programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including arts, business, engineering and construction, health, including medicine, information and communication technology, law, mathematics and natural sciences. The University’s mission is to be a distinctive, pioneering and connected university that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

The University is recognised as possessing one of the most spectacular and environmentally sympathetic third-level campuses in the world. The campus has unrivalled sports and cultural facilities, including Ireland’s first Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor sports arena, a boathouse with a state-of-the-art indoor rowing tank, the 1,100-seat University Concert Hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra Building and the  the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The campus is located 5km from Limerick city and 20km from Shannon International Airport.

The University of Limerick was The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 University of the Year.


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