This programme aims to educate students to the principles, attitudes and skills that underpin the professional management of historical archives. It is particularly geared to the ‘sole operator’ who is entrusted with the care of archives in voluntary societies, religious institutions, historic houses and other smallscale but important settings. The aim is to educate archivists who will be able to draw up and implement, from first principles, archive management solutions appropriate to such collections.
In addition, the programme aims to give students an understanding of the historical processes that have generated records, the key repositories in which they are held, and the history of recordkeeping in Ireland.
At least second class honours degree or equivalent in History. Holders of a degree of at least three years’ standing in any discipline can be admitted if they have a proven record of interest and involvement in the field of historical archives. Basic computer competence is also required.
Candidates may be called for interview, and/or for an assessment of their computer skills, as part of the selection process.
Candidates are expected to be involved firsthand in archival work on a part-time or full-time basis for the duration of the programme; admission to the programme is dependent upon arrangements for suitable work experience being in place.
Three semesters: Thurs. 6 – 8pm; all day Fridays.
Overnight accommodation may be arranged through the Maynooth Campus Conference and Accommodation Office:
Tel: (01) 708 3533
Fax: (01) 708 3534
MA in Historical Archives
After consultation with the programme coordinator, Dr. Prunty, students make formal application for this taught postgraduate programme online through the PAC (Postgraduate Applications Centre).
There is a nonrefundable application processing fee payable to PAC.
Applicants who did not study at NUI Maynooth will need to provide two references, at least one of which should be from a person familiar with your academic record.
In the ‘personal statement’ please state briefly why you wish to undertake this programme, and where you expect to be engaged in archival work for the duration of the programme (if arrangements are in place).
For information please see the Fees Office website.
Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to manage the care of historical archive collections in smaller settings; as with other graduates in History, they can expect to find employment across a wide range of administrative, commercial, public service and other employments.
Interested persons should contact the programme coordinator before submitting a formal application:
Dr. Jacinta Prunty
Department of History, NUI Maynooth, County Kildare.
Tel: (01) 708 3485;
Fax: (01) 708 3314