MA in Design History and Material Culture

The MA in Design History and Material Culture (MA DHMC) attracts students from a range of areas including art/design practice, architecture, art history, history, archaeology, sociology and economics. Graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral research, while others have secured positions in the field in the areas of lecturing, curatorship and museum education.

A key rationale of the MA DHMC is to bring scholarly attention to the study of design and material culture in Ireland from c.1700 to the present day. This programme is unique nationally in addressing this subject area – history of design and material culture – and it is unique internationally in addressing a specifically Irish context. We consider object and material culture very broadly so they might be objects used in daily life, architecture, publications, sites, locations, landscapes, mass produced or handmade, old or new, little known or very familiar – anything which can be considered materially.  Of particular interest are the relationships which exist between people and objects, the practices which surround how they are designed (or not), produced, interacted with, collected or disposed of.

The documents linked below are for general information only and may be subject to change.

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MA DHMC Programme Specification Form


Spring Trimester Summer Trimester Autumn Trimester

DHPG8 - Design, Display and Exhibition (10 credits)

DHPG2 - Research Methods (Design Writing) PLUS Appendix (5 credits)

DHPG10 – Dissertation

(30 credits)

DHPG7 – Specialist Studies (Dress History) (5 credits)

DHPG3- Irish Design and Material Culture (5 credits)


DHPG1 Key Concepts and sources (10 credits)

DHPG9- Research Design (10 credits)


DHPG6 – Theorising Design (5 credits)

DHPG4 - Design Mediation and Communication (5 credits) OR DHPG11 - Design Innovation (5 credits) 




*Please note that the above modular table shows the modular structure for the full-time programme of study over 12 months.  The part-time module information is the same as above, however, the structure differs and is divided between two academic years.