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History - ResM

Course Description

Take the opportunity to pursue an individual research project of your choosing full-time or part-time, with expert guidance and personal supervision from a member of our history team. You’ll develop your knowledge of the range of research methodologies, approaches and primary source materials necessary for postgraduate research in history. The core of your work will be your thesis, based on a topic of your own devising, with proposals welcome in any period of history from 1450 to present day.

Key features

-Choose your own path through six centuries of human history by proposing your own research topic for your masters thesis.
-Work closely with internationally recognised researchers* who are experts in a range of historical fields as you develop the skills that will allow you to begin a career in historical research, with the knowledge and expertise to progress onto MPhil or PhD studies.
-Join the thriving postgraduate research community at Plymouth University with students across a vast range of arts and humanities subjects supported by the Arts Institute.
-Explore history with your friends and colleagues by joining the History Society, a lively and supportive community hosting educational and social events.
-Discover the most up-to-date ways of studying history through our online resources including a vast eBook library. Build links with local record offices and archives, accessing opportunities to develop your expertise in the local and regional history of Plymouth and the South West.
-Flexible study allows you to complete a masters degree, full or part-time, so you can tailor your time at university to meet your needs by fitting your study around work and personal commitments
-You will take the same modules regardless of whether you choose to study full or part-time, and will complete an extended research-based thesis in a subject of your choosing.
-In the full-time mode, you’ll submit your thesis between 18-24 months; in part-time mode, you’ll submit your thesis between 24-36 months (two years of part-time study with 12 months to work on your thesis).
-With one eye on further study you may be eligible to transfer directly into our PhD programme after two years, rather than submitting a ResM thesis.

* In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 97.6% of the History team’s research outputs (primarily books and journal articles) were considered to be internationally recognised in terms of significance, originality and rigour.

Course details

Year 1
-You can study the ResM in History full-time (up to two years) or part time (up to three years).
-Your studies will consist of three modules – two taught modules (60 credits) that must be passed, providing you with the knowledge, research skills and expertise to excel in the third, your 25,000 to 30,000 word research masters thesis on a subject of your choosing.
The Key Debates and Research Methods in History module (MAHI700) will provide you with both the knowledge and skills to conduct postgraduate historical research. The Research in the Arts and Humanities module (MARE700) rounds out your knowledge further with training in research methods across the broad range of subjects within arts and humanities, giving you the capability to be flexible and original in your research.
-The pinnacle of your studies will be your Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts (MARE701). This is an original piece of historical research focused on a subject of your choosing from anywhere within the past six centuries of human history. As an individual research project, the thesis is largely self-directed. You will be given tutorial guidance that includes clear milestones and expectations, working closely with your chosen supervisor to create and present.

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAHI700 Key Debates and Research Methods in History
-GSRHIST1 Research History

Year 2
Core modules
-GSRHIST3 Research History

Visit the History - ResM page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant degree with honours or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

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