Trinity College was founded in 1592 and is rated highly for the quality of its teaching and research.
As a legal deposit library, Trinity College has excellent library facilities and is the largest research library in Ireland, receiving over 100,000 new items each year. The library holds around five million books and significant collections of manuscripts (including the Book of Kells), maps and music. The book depository holds a further three million books.
Within the School of Histories and Humanities, the Department of History has strong links with Classics, History of Art and Gender Studies. The Department enjoys an international research profile in several areas across a diverse range of periods, countries and themes – most notably, in the history of Ireland from the Middle Ages to the present day and global history.
Postgraduates are encouraged to participate in dedicated graduate conferences and workshops and are welcomed at the research seminar series, which covers:
- contemporary Irish history
- mediaeval history
- early modern history
- modern European history and war studies.