Our academic team deliver modules on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Public History, sharing the story of Irish migration worldwide from 1600 to the present. Each year, we host a number of interns from universities around the world who are engaging with migration history.

We provide tailor-made courses for a wide range of groups, from school children to visiting undergraduate and postgraduate students and have particular experience in providing courses for adult learners.  We offer talks, lectures and workshop format events for local historical societies, museums, special interest groups and work closely with partners providing public events.  If you are interested in developing a project, please contact us to discuss your programme.


Library of historic and contemporary migration

The Research Library is the central focus of the Centre for Migration Studies. It currently houses a specialist collection of over 18,000 volumes, approximately 50 periodical titles, a selection of maps and audio-visual material and the Irish Emigration Database, a collection of primary source documents relating to Irish-American emigration, which is keyword searchable on computer.

The collection is for reference only and is on open access. Study tables, a microfilm/fiche reader, a printer, a photocopier and four computers to give access to the Irish Emigration Database.Internet and email facilities are also available.

Our team of librarians are highly knowledgeable and will assist you in your search. Whether you are researching a particular theme for an academic project, or have a personal migration story you wish to explore, our staff are on hand to assist. Please remember our Centre is not a genealogy resource and we will direct you to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for detailed family searches.

Rent receipt for J. Brown – an example of  the type of material transcribed on the Irish Emigration Database

Gallery of Images from Library of Historic and Contemporary Migration

Samples of the types of documents transcribed in the Irish Emigration Database


Our Mission:

The MCMS mission is ‘to serve the community as a leading international institution for the study of human migration, focusing on the peoples of Ireland world-wide’