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Welcome to the Discipline of History

Professor Dáibhi Ó Cróinín

QS Rankings

History at NUI Galway placed highly in international QS subject rankings once again in 2016. 

History has a long and distinguished tradition at NUI Galway. One of the first disciplines to be taught at the University, it has emerged from inauspicious beginnings in the midst of the Great Famine to become one of the top History departments in the world.   We are proud of both staff and student achievements.

Research and Programmes


‌Particular strengths are medieval studies, early modern and modern Irish history, modern European and American history, as well as comparative and transnational history. Our research is facilitated by the remarkable level of linguistic competence of its staff, which ranges from purely scholarly languages like Latin and Old Irish to modern European languages, including Irish, French, German, Spanish and Italian. History at NUI Galway thus attracts a lively postgraduate and postdoctoral community and has close links with the Moore Institute.


History at Galway offers an exciting undergraduate programme, with modules covering the medieval, early modern and modern periods and extending from Ireland to Europe and the wider world. Students may also avail of the opportunity to spend a year studying abroad on the Erasmus programme during their third year.  

  • History hosts a taught M.A. in History, and staff also contribute to other postgraduate programmes in the university.
  • History also offers students the opportunity to pursue doctoral research under the supervision of a member of staff.

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Cumann Staire

Staff work closely with students in the Cumann Staire or History Society, winner of the Best Cultural Contribution Award at the NUI Galway Society Awards 2015/16.


StNicholasVisit our student waiting area on floor 2. It’s a friendly, relaxed area with seats, power points, cover sheets, stapler and pens. We'd be pleased to see you.

History is located on Floor 1 and Floor 2 of Tower 1 in the Arts/Science Building.  Tower 1 is located near 'Smokie Joe's' cafe  which is just inside the main doors of the Concourse (across from the library).

The hub of History is on Floor 2, where you will find the full-time administrator, Ms Helena Condon, and part-time administrator, Ms Maura Walsh, as well as the offices of many staff members.  Room numbers in the 400 series are on Floor 2.

Floor 1 is shared with English.  You can find some History staff offices on Floor 1, as well as the History seminar rooms.  Room numbers in the 300 series are on Floor 1