MA Historical Research

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A thriving postgraduate community built on world-leading research and imaginative teaching.

I'm passionate about following an academic career path, and one day I hope to teach and research in universities, in the UK and abroad. The tutors are always enthusiastic, and the overall friendliness of the department - and the University - means it's easy to build good working relationships with your supervisors.

claudia rogers, postgraduate student in department of history

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course is excellent preparation for a research degree in history. 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.

You can also learn highly specialised skills such as Latin and palaeography that will help you research certain periods and themes.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Presentation

Plus a choice of research skills modules including:

  • Designing a Doctoral Research Project
  • Research Skills for Historians
  • Palaeography
  • Latin and modern languages

Optional modules

  • Imagining the Unseen in the Middle Ages
  • Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century
  • Crime and Punishment in Late Antiquity
  • A People's Conflict: The Union and the US Civil War
  • 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 present
  • Directed Reading

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials

Assessment

  • Bibliographical and source-based exercises
  • Written papers
  • Oral presentation
  • Dissertation (15,000 words)

Part-time study

This course 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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
September 2017 start

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.

History postgraduate students

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Presentation

 A choice of research skills modules including:

  • Research Skills for Historians
  • Directed Reading
  • Palaeography
  • 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.

Part-time study

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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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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.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: history@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2552

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.