Housed within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences you will be well-placed to conduct original research in your chosen area of Modern History with this Master of Research course. Become a part of the academic debate and uncover materials that create new dialogues with history.
•Complete this masters full time (one year) or part time (two years) •A valuable foundation for progression to a PhD •An active research portfolio exploring different aspects of 18th to 20th century history •Research, scholarship and consultancy work helps ensure the programme is up-to-date with new developments and contemporary thinking
This Modern History MRes degree programme will give you the knowledge and skills required to complete an independent research project, and the opportunity to become part of an intertextual academic community that will enrich your work, inspire new interdisciplinary ideas, and open up a network of likeminded academic historians.
Modern History is based on the assessment of historical sources, and the importance of historiography. The discipline also acknowledges that approaches from other fields in the humanities and social sciences frequently enhance our knowledge of Modern History (from the late eighteenth century to contemporary times). In this sense we encourage you to deal creatively and systematically with complex issues from a number of investigative vantage points.
Through the programme you will develop a range of analytical skills and theoretical concepts which are relevant to Modern History. At Masters level you are expected to engage with primary sources and historical debates, so that your own research can demonstrate a variety of appropriate methods and be related to the work of others in the relevant field. As this process will involve identifying and accessing appropriate sources, archives and other relevant information, you will be taught the necessary research skills that will enable you to achieve rich and rewarding outcomes both during and in the culmination of your research.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.
Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional and Social Studies
Provides professional guidance geared to the conduct and dissemination of your research outcomes
Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Studies
Introduces you to to library, bibliographic, online and other facilities necessary for postgraduate research; assists in recognising and applying appropriate strategies for developing a research project
Research Proposition and Development: Approaches to History
Engages you in independent and critical thinking and with theoretical concepts in relation to a range of secondary sources
Modern History Research Project
Requires you to demonstrate independent and critical thinking, apply theoretical concepts and knowledge of recent advances within the field to situate your proposed work accordingly
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.