Skills development

These modules enhance the skills and knowledge developed through the core modules, allowing you to focus on the skills that are most relevant to you.

Research Skills for Historians

This module will enhance your research skills, equipping you to undertake independent investigation in history.

You will focus on identifying and evaluating research materials, further your knowledge on resources such as libraries and archives; the use of bibliographies, handling and managing research data, history and its audiences. Masterclasses allow you to focus on IT skills and the use of different types of source material.

The generic research skills that you will learn on this module will help you if you're looking for employment following your degree and the history-specific skills will help if you choose to further your studies with a PhD degree.

We particularly recommend this module for students who have been out of education for a number of years or whose first degree isn't in history.



Please note that all language classes are subject to availability.


Students studying medieval and early modern history will be able to take Latin modules taught by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. As well as learning to read and understand Latin texts, you will gain and understanding of the influence of Latin on English and Romance languages and the civilisation within which the language and literature that you are studying was produced.

Beginners and post-beginners classes are available depending on your prior knowledge.

Modern languages

Depending on your area of specialism, a range of modern language are available through the Modern Languages Teaching Centre. Students have in the past taken modules in Spanish; German; French and Arabic.

Beginners and post-beginners classes are available in most languages depending on your prior knowledge.



Available to students studying Early Modern history this module introduces you to the different forms of law hand and secretary hand current in the early modern period including transitional styles and the emergence of italic script.

You will learn the technical skills necessary to undertake primary research using manuscript sources from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and also to undertake editorial work on these kinds of documents.



* Please note that the course details set out here may change before you start, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the course start date. The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.