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The MRes in Economic and Social History will allow you to focus specifically on economic and social history and its methods of analysis, while giving you the opportunity to study other topics in international history, religious and cultural history, political history, naval or gender history.

You can select from option modules that include subjects such as ritual in the Middle Ages; witchcraft and the supernatural in the 16th and 17th centuries; sexuality; health, medicine; gender and the body; party politics and international diplomacy; and the impact of modern wars on culture, economy, society and memory.

The MRes provides essential training for PhD study in History, as well as an opportunity to develop particular interests in the history of different countries and periods through taught modules and a 25,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choosing within the MRes programme subject area.

Programme features

  • training in social science research techniques to enable you to undertake cutting-edge research
  • produces graduates who are highly competent in subject-specific, core academic, and personal and key skills that are both relevant and transferable to employment.
  • draws on the expertise of a number of highly respected research centres which are at the forefront of their respective disciplines
  • participation in joint seminar programmes offering insights into a very wide range of research cultures and specialisms
  • excellent preparation for students intending to continue on to doctoral-level research with a good track record in obtaining funding for further study

Optional modules

Some examples of the modules which may be available are:

  • Qualitative Methods in Social Research
  • Applied Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • Gender, Society and Culture in Early Modern England
  • Interpreting the Middle Ages
  • Navy and Nation: The Royal Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1688-1815
  • Critical Approaches to War, State and Society
  • Medicine Beyond Borders: History and Politics of International Health

More can be seen on our website.

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


Visit the MRes Economic and Social History page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

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