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Our MRes in History offers an excellent opportunity for you to extend your range and depth of historical knowledge alongside your proficiency in research and project management. The course is ideal preparation for a PhD in History as well as a valuable qualification for those pursuing a wide range of careers.

Why Study History (MRes) with us?

At the heart of the MRes is an extended Research Dissertation which you are free to design around your own historical interests and the Department’s research specialisms. To help you develop your project, the course provides a thorough grounding in the methodologies and advanced skills needed to pursue a sustained research project.

The Department can off er supervision in a broad range of historical periods and subjects. Our research specialisms range from the medieval through to the modern, from the Low Countries in the 14th and 15th centuries to American-Soviet relations during the Cold War, and encompass British, European and American History.

What will I learn?

Alongside the Research Dissertation on an individual topic chosen by you, there are two core modules – Research Methods and Skills in History and Approaches to Historiography. Both core modules are designed to immerse you in the skills of historical research and literature review as preparation for undertaking the in-depth research required for the Research Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

The teaching of the core modules is flexible but is primarily based upon a weekly 2.5-hour seminar. For each module, the seminar runs across eight weeks of the first term. The Research Dissertation is taught through regular meetings with a dedicated research supervisor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment for the two core modules is via written coursework of approximately 4,000 words, comprising essays, literature reviews and oral presentations. Your Research Dissertation will be approximately 28,000 words in length.

Course Fees

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Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

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Visit the History (MRes) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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