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Our MA Historical Research will provide you with the advanced conceptual, theoretical and practical skills necessary for undertaking historical research, whether at PhD level, professionally or independently. It will give you the intellectual foundations, practical techniques and confidence to pursue your own research in the historical subject or period that most interests you.
We will critically examine problems of historical theory and practice, with an emphasis on debates around key topics such as historical narrative, objectivity and relativism, causation, the relationship of history to other disciplines, the rise and impact of social and cultural histories, and new directions in historical research and writing. We will consider some of the key methodological and theoretical approaches
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Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.
Our Graduate Certificate in History can be used as a conversion course if you want to study history but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each sub-test and at least 7.0 in writing.
Clare enjoyed much about studying at Birkbeck:
'When I first arrived, I was struck by the enthusiasm and approachability of the History staff regarding their teaching responsibilities. I have no doubt that this was instrumental in allowing me to develop a confidence in my work that I had never had before.
'My fellow students also made a great difference to my studies. I found myself amongst a wonderful mix of ages, backgrounds and first-degree subjects: the insight, arguments and experience they brought to the seminar table were extremely stimulating.
'Once I had decided to embark upon a doctorate, there was no question in my mind as to where I wanted to study and when Professor Joanna Bourke agreed to continue supervising me, I knew I was in the hands of the best historian in the UK (I would go so far as to say the world) for my subject.
'Having completed just over one term of my PhD, I have further realised how well my Master's at Birkbeck prepared me for what was ahead. As someone who returned to academic studies without any clear idea as to where it might lead, it is very much through Birkbeck's excellent teaching that I have developed my confidence and ambition which not only allowed me to embark on a PhD but also to be awarded an AHRC studentship.'
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