The MA in Public History at Queen’s offers a unique opportunity to study public representations of and engagement with the past in a region where the past continues to resonate. It is taught in collaboration with leading cultural institutions and heritage sites in Northern Ireland and with international partners to provide both a local and a global experience and understanding of public history.
Belfast offers an exciting opportunity to engage with key issues surrounding contested histories, cultural memory, commemoration, identity, and community history in a very real and meaningful way, and to gain first-hand understanding of the relationship between public history, heritage, policy, and the consumption of history at a local and national level.
The course combines academic training in historical theory and research methods with specialised topics related to history in the public sphere thus linking the analytical and critical approaches of traditional academic history with innovative ways of creating and disseminating histories for a diverse variety of public audiences. Teaching will be through seminars, practitioner workshops and field trips. Taught collaboratively with partners from cultural institutions such as National Museums of Northern Ireland or the BBC, through to Titanic Belfast, privately-owned historic houses, and small local museums, this course offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on experience of the ways in which history is created and presented in the public arena.
Guaranteed placement! Students will carry out placements in one of a wide range of museums, archives, heritage sites, media organisations or visitor experiences across the country.
We welcome students from all over the world. Further infomation on International Scholarships can be found here