School of Advanced Study

Course Introduction

The IHR is home to the UK's largest programme of history seminars, covering the whole range of historical enquiry, and houses its own dedicated library of over 180,000 volumes and periodicals. The MA and MRes in Historical Research will equip students with a range of specialist and transferable research skills, as well as an understanding of the theoretical approaches to history, enabling them to pursue an academic career in history or careers in many other fields. The MRes is an integrated research training programme designed to provide graduates with a foundation for a range of careers, including a career in academic life. It provides an ideal platform for entry to a PhD programme. Its purpose is to offer high quality postgraduate training in the methods and practice of research and relevant transferable skills. The MRes provides students with a detailed understanding of educational research methodologies, enabling them to develop skills in research design, methods of enquiry, data analysis and other analytical strategies, and to develop an understanding of the issues involved in the effective communication of research findings. The course offers wide'ranging research training which enables students to undertake assessed work and independent research in the historical issues and controversies that interest them most. Field trips and museum, library and archive visits form a key part of the training programme.

Course Modules

All students will take the core 'Historical Research Skills' and 'History in Context' modules, which introduce them to ideas and methods involved in historical research from the medieval period to the 20th century. Further skills'based training is provided by specialised courses at the Institute. For the MRes, Module 3 involves the selection of a research pathway which will prepare students for the dissertation through a series of classes discussing research design, sources, historiography and methodologies. Module 4 is a 30,000'word dissertation. Alongside the development of techniques, skills and knowledge relevant to individual interests and research needs, the programme aims to equip students for both independent research and analysis in primary and secondary material, and writing at an advanced level, thus fostering their intellectual development and independent learning ability required for continuing professional and personal development. Modules: Historical research skills; history in context; research pathway; dissertation

Course Additional Entry

1st Class or upper 2nd Class degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject; applicants with relevant experience and skill may also be considered.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £5,500  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MRes £2,750  Academic year. First year home fees