2019 start

Historical Research

Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course description

This course is excellent preparation for a PhD 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.

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Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Presentation

A choice of research skills modules including:

  • Research Skills for Historians
  • Directed Reading
  • Palaeography
  • Latin and modern languages

Optional modules

  • Early Medieval Clerical Exemption in a Digital Age
  • Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
  • Language and Society in Early Modern England
  • Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century
  • Stories of Activism, 1960 to the present
  • The Japanese Empire in East Asia, 1895–1945
  • Human Rights in History
  • The United States and the Global 1970s


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.


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

Entry requirements

A first-class BA honours degree or equivalent in history or other humanities or social science discipline.

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


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's 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.