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MA

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.

The flexibility of our MA programme allows you to carry out specialist research under expert supervision in a friendly and supportive environment. Core modules will develop your understanding of your chosen area of history and skills in using relevant sources, while our range of option modules allow you to focus on the particular skills that are most important to you.

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Modules

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

Choose from a wide range of modules from the ancient period to the modern day and encompassing the history of Britain and Europe, America and the wider world. Historical Research students also have exclusive access to our Directed Reading module, which allows you to pursue additional independent research relevant to your future PhD.

Teaching

You’ll be taught through seminars and individual tutorials.

Assessment

Core assessment is through written papers, oral presentation, and a dissertation.

Duration

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

Entry requirements

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

You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

history.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2552

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