MA Historical Research
Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
A thriving postgraduate community built on world-leading research and imaginative teaching.
About the course
Course description 2017
This course is excellent preparation for a research degree in history. You can further your interests, broaden your knowledge and at the same time hone your research skills. As well as specific research training in history, you’ll also gain a broad range of transferable skills that will be of value to employers outside academia.
If you’re already focused on taking a PhD in history, this intensive course improves your chances of getting funding from the AHRC, ESRC and others.
- Research Presentation
A choice of research skills modules including:
- Research Skills for Historians
- Directed Reading
- Latin and modern languages
Examples of optional modules
- Order and Disorder Around the Year 1000
- Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century
- Crime and Punishment in Late Antiquity
- City Life in Jacksonian America, 1828-1850
- Language and Society in Early Modern England
- Cold War Histories
- Debating Cultural Imperialism in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire
- Stories of Activism, 1960 to the Presen
Teaching and assessment
You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials. Assessment is by bibliographical and source-based exercises, written papers, oral presentation, and a 15,000 word dissertation.
All our masters can be taken part-time. Seminars are held during working hours (9am–6pm) – there are no lectures. The number of contact hours will vary over the two years, but you’ll usually have at least one two-hour seminar each week. You’ll take one core module each year and the rest of your course will be made up from optional modules giving you plenty of choice and flexibility over what you study.
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
A first-class degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline from a UK or overseas university
You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
University and AHRC Studentships are available. Please contact us or see our website for further details. You'll need to submit your application by the University deadline in March preceding a September entry.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.